A colonel of the former internal security apparatus was killed and his escort was seriously wounded.” Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Yunis al-SharifA former Libyan security officer, who served under slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi.
The incident took place on Sunday when the bomb, planted in the vehicle, detonated on a street in the center of the city.“A colonel of the former internal security apparatus was killed and his escort was seriously wounded,” AFP quoted Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Yunis al-Sharif as saying. Dozens of police and military officials closed off the street after the accident. No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. The blast is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the east of the country. The officials say the targets are mainly from former security officials who worked for Gaddafi’s regime. Libya’s National Assembly, which recently assumed control from the National Transitional Council (NTC), has made improving security a priority. However, violence remains a challenge for the government, with several attacks taking place in the country in recent months. NT/MR/AS