Libyan military colonel assassinated

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Colonel Fethallah al-Gaziri, the newly appointed chief of military intelligence in Benghazi, has been assassinated during a visit to his family in the eastern Libyan city of Derna, Aljazeera reported.

A Libyan security official, speaking to AFP news agency on condition of anonymity, confirmed on Friday that "unknown assailants opened fire at Colonel Fethallah al-Gaziri... and killed him."

The official said al-Gaziri was in Derna for the marriage of a niece. His bullet-riddled body was taken to Derna hospital.

Libya has witnessed a string of assassinations and bombings since former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

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