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Gunmen kill senior criminal investigator in Libya

August 23, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A security official in Libya says gunmen have killed a senior criminal investigator in Benghazi after clashes between armed groups the day before.

The official said gunmen in a car shot and killed police Col. Mostafa Oukeila on Friday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

The colonel’s killing came after clashes erupted Thursday night between armed groups in Benghazi’s western suburb of Abu Surra. The fighting killed one person and wounded others.

Benghazi has been hit by a wave of targeted killings in recent days. Victims have included political activists, judges and members of security agencies. Security agencies remain unable to secure Libya, which is awash in heavy weaponry and militias following its 2011 civil war.

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