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Police chief shot to death in Libya's Benghazi

Published on Nov 21, 2012 10:30 AM

BENGHAZI (REUTERS) - A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home early on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt.

Mr Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said. "This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source said.

An interior ministry official confirmed that Mr al-Deirsy, in charge of security in Benghazi, had been killed in front his home.

Libya has been hit by persistent instability since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi last year.

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