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Libyan dissident leader reportedly killed in detention

August 29, 1997

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ The leader of a militant group fighting to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed while in detention, a newspaper reported Friday.

Abu Tariq al-Dirnawi died in June after being detained in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, the Al-Hayat newspaper said. It did not say how al-Dirnawi was killed.

Al-Dirnawi had led the Libyan Martyrs Movement, a shadowy group that claimed responsibility for several attacks in and around Benghazi in 1996. He became leader of the group in June 1996 after his predecessor, Mohammed al-Hamy, was killed in a clash with police, al-Hayat said.

A spokesman for the martyrs movement, Abdullah Ahmad, told the London-based newspaper that al-Dirnawi was arrested after a member of the group ``who knew a lot″ accepted a government amnesty offer and surrendered.

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