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Libyan Gunmen Assassinate Benghazi Police Chief

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 21, 2012 Last Updated: November 25, 2012
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A general view of the eastern Libyan port city of Benghazi on the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 1, 2012. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

A general view of the eastern Libyan port city of Benghazi on the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 1, 2012. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

The police chief of Benghazi, the Libyan city where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, was assassinated on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen.

Farag al-Dersi, who was also called the security chief, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside of his home, reported the Libya Herald. The gunmen fled in a Mitsubishi Lancer.

“Three men opened fire, killed him and then fled the scene,” said Omar al-Khadrawi, the Libyan deputy interior minister, according to The Associated Press.

The motive for the attack has not been established, but officials believe that it has to do with a mandate issued by the government to do away with all outlawed militias operating in the country.

In September, U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed after gunmen attacked the consulate, triggering the Libyan government to issue the mandate.

“To the head of departments and national security stations, you are authorized to use force against all outlaws of armed brigades,” reads a portion of the mandate circulated in Benghazi, according to the Herald.

In recent months, there have been a number of drive-by shootings and car bombings in Benghazi, located in the eastern part of Libya, reported The Associated Press. Many of the attacks target security officials who worked under former strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

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