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A senior Libyan army general is shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi.
11 August 2012, 12:00am
Mohammed Hadia, who was also a high-ranking defence ministry official, was leaving a mosque after Friday prayers when he was ambushed.
The incident comes a day after Libya's new interim assembly assumed power.
The historic June elections to the body - the first free vote in decades - faced boycott calls in Benghazi.
Some political groups in oil-rich eastern Libya, where the uprising that overthrew Col Gaddafi last year originated, fear domination by the capital Tripoli and the west.
The motive for the murder was not immediately clear.
Hadia was one of the first officers to defect and join the opposition during last year's revolution that ousted Gaddafi. After the revolution he was appointed head of armaments at the defence ministry.
Hadia is the latest of dozens of security officials murdered in Benghazi, especially of officers who had served under Gaddafi.
A strong explosion rocked the Libyan military intelligence in Benghazi last week but caused no casualties.
Last Sunday, Suleiman Bouzrida, a former military intelligence colonel, was shot in the head twice while walking to a mosque for early morning prayers. He also had joined the rebels in the early stages of the revolution.