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Libyan TV anchor shot dead in Benghazi

August 9, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An independent television station in Libya says gunmen have killed one of its anchors in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The station said Ezzedine Kossad was shot dead Friday while he was driving his car in Benghazi. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killing.

Kossad presented a show called “Let’s Try Together” on Libya’s Al-Hurra TV channel, launched during the 2011 civil war that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

After announcing his death, Al-Hurra stoppezd its normal broadcast and started airing recitations of the Quran.

Benghazi has been hit by a wave of political 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 the civil war.

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