Gunmen shot dead two policemen in Libya’s second-largetst city, and a state attorney was killed when a bomb blew up his car in an Islamist militant stronghold Saturday, the latest violence to hit the country’s restive east, security officials said.
Assassinations of public figures and security officials are frequent in Libya. Many killings are blamed on militias, which the government is struggling to control even as it continues to rely on many of them to impose order.
A security official in the city of Darna, known for its population of hard-liners, said a bomb struck a car carrying public attorney Mohammed Khalifa al-Naas. Another security official said unknown gunmen fired at a security patrol in a commercial area in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, leaving two policemen dead.
The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Also, the death toll from clashes between rival militias in the capital overnight Thursday triggered by the death of a militia commander from the city of Misrata has risen to four, according to Hashim Bishr, commander of Tripoli’s security committee.