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Libya: Gunmen Kill Head Of Rebel Armed Forces

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(RFE/RL) — The head of the rebel leadership said that the chief of the Libyan rebel armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen late on July 28.

The death of Abdel Fattah Younes was announced at a press conference in the rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil.

Abdul Fatah Younis, as the head of the Free Libyan Army's General Staff
Abdul Fatah Younis, as the head of the Free Libyan Army's General Staff

He told reporters that rebel security forces had arrested the head of the group behind the killing. Jalil said that there would be three days of mourning in their honor.

The exact circumstances of the killings are unclear.

Younes is a former Libyan interior minister who defected to the rebel side in February. He was also part of the group that helped bring Muammar Qaddafi to power in 1969.

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