Libyan Army colonel dies in attack

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan Army colonel was killed in an ambush on his brigade in the country’s south on Friday, the unit’s spokesman said, in the latest incident of violence in the North African country.

Separately, in the eastern city of Benghazi, an independent TV station reported an unknown attacker hurled a hand grenade at its building.

The violence underscores the instability that has rocked Libya nearly a year after the capture and killing of dictator Moammar Khadafy, particularly as the police and military struggle to reign in militias and build up their forces.


Brigade spokesman Ali el-Abed said his unit was delivering army vehicles from Tripoli to the southern city of Sabha when they came under attack by gunmen. The ambush occurred in Kira, considered a bastion of Khadafy loyalists.

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Abed said that just before the ambush, a militia from the city of Zawiya, had stopped the military convoy near the town of Brak to check paperwork. Abed said the convoy came under attack after the militia gave it the green light to pass the checkpoint.

Associated Press