Reuters reports: Gunmen killed Libya’s deputy industry minister as he drove home from a shopping trip in the city of Sirte late on Saturday, in an attack officials blamed on hardline Islamist militants.
Libya is still plagued by violence and assassinations more than two years after civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Militants, militias and former rebels often resort to force to impose demands on the fragile government.
The minister, Hassan al-Drowi, was shot several times, a senior security official said, asking not to be identified.
“They opened fire from another car while he was driving, he was shot multiple times,” the official said.
“Later, they found explosives attached to his car. The theory is, the bomb failed, so they shot him instead.”
The official blamed Islamist militants who have been trying to extend their influence in the coastal city of Sirte, which has been more stable recently than the capital Tripoli or the major eastern city of Benghazi.
Sirte was the last bastion of Gaddafi loyalists in the war, and he was killed there on October 20, 2011.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s central government, weakened by infighting and with only nascent armed forces, is struggling to wrest control back from areas where militias are still dominant. [Continue reading…]