Farraj al-Dursi, Benghazi police chief, assassinated


A picture shows damage inside the burnt US consulate building in Benghazi on September 13, 2012, following an attack on the building late on September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other US nationals were killed. Libya said it has made arrests and opened a probe into the attack, amid speculation that Al Qaeda rather than a frenzied mob was to blame.



Farraj al-Dursi, the police chief of the Libyan city of Benghazi, was assassinated in a drive-by shooting in front of his home overnight, the BBC reported.

"Three men opened fire, killed him and then fled the scene," the Associated Press quotes Omar al-Khadrawi, Libya's Deputy Interior Minister, as saying, according to the BBC.

Al-Dursi attempted to curb the activities of extremist militias in Benghazi after US ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues were killed when the US consulate in the city was overrun on Sept. 11 of this year, the Guardian reported. No suspects in the killings have been brought to trial.

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According to the Guardian:

His death is the latest in a string of killings and car bombings in the city, most of them targeting officials who had high-profile roles in the former administration of Muammar Gaddafi.

More than a dozen security officials have been killed this year in Benghazi, the BBC reported.

Al-Farsi served as Gaddafi’s anti-drugs chief before joining the uprising against the former dictator in February 2011, the Tripoli Post reported.