Journalist gunned down in Libya's Benghazi

2014-05-26 14:07
Libya protesters. (Mohamed Ben Khalifa, AP, file)

Libya protesters. (Mohamed Ben Khalifa, AP, file)

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Benghazi - A newspaper editor and critic of Libya's jihadists was gunned down on Monday in the lawless eastern city of Benghazi, an Islamist stronghold, medics said.

They said Meftah Bouzid, editor of the weekly newspaper Burniq, was shot dead in the centre of the Mediterranean city.

A journalist and analyst, Bouzid often went on television to criticise Islamic extremists, resulting in threats to his life according to a friend.

Libyan authorities have struggled to stomp out lawlessness in a country awash with weapons from the 2011 uprising which toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gadaffi.

Ex-rebels, especially Islamists, have been blamed for deadly attacks on dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners in Benghazi, the city in eastern Libya where the revolution was born.

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