Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Libya: Capital's Police Chief Found Murdered, Two Colleagues Abducted

According to The Associated Press, Libya's Interior Ministry reports that the capital's police chief has been killed as militias continue to battle for control of Tripoli Airport.

Ministry spokesman Rami Kaal told the AP that Col. Mohammed Sweissi, who supported the battle against Islamist militias, was found dead on Tuesday (August 12).

The ministry statement said he came under attack by masked gunmen after leaving a meeting in the Tajoura neighborhood. Two of the chief's associates were also abducted.

COMMENT: The killing took place as militias from western city of Misrata and their Islamist allies battled a militia from the mountain town of Zintan over the airport.

The two militias played key roles in the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

There is also fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi, between Islamist militias and remnants of the army, which Sweissi had supported.