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Armed militias are pictured in an unknown location in Libya (file photo)

Armed militias are pictured in an unknown location in Libya (file photo)

A former Libyan judge has been shot dead while leaving a mosque in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, a security official says. “Fethi Lekhfifi, a former judge, was shot dead as he came out of a mosque in Benghazi at dawn,” said Libyan security services spokesman Colonel Abdallah al-Zayedi on Monday. “The perpetrators were people with criminal records who had been sentenced by judge Lekhfifi,” he added. The 79-year-old man was shot by bullets fired by a sharpshooter and died at the scene, according to a hospital source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, has seen a wave of violence in recent months. Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 uprising which toppled the longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The city has been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations since then. Over the past months, eastern Libya has been hit by bombings and assassinations targeting judges, doctors as well as military and police officers who worked under ousted dictator. In August, unknown gunmen shot dead a Libyan doctor, who hosted a television program on human development, in Benghazi. Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya al-Hurra television, came under attack when he was sitting in his parked car near a blood bank in the Sidi Hussein district of the city. In February 2011, Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 of the same year. MAM/AS
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