October 18, 2013, 9:57 AM
TRIPOLI, Libya A Libyan security official says gunmen have killed the head of the regional military police in the eastern city of Benghazi.
The official told The Associated Press that masked gunmen fired from a car at Col. Ahmed Mostafa el-Barghathy at his house in Benghazi as he was heading to the mosque to attend Friday prayers.
The official says El-Barghathy suffered chest and head injuries in the attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give information to the media.
El-Barghathy served in the Libyan army during the reign of the deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi. He was one of the first army officers who took up arms against Qaddafi in the 2011 uprising.
Simmering tensions in Libya were enflamed by an Oct. 5 raid by U.S. special forces that snatched a Libyan al Qaeda suspect known as Abu Anas al Liby off the streets of Tripoli and whisked him off to custody in a U.S. warship.
He has since pleaded not guilty in a federal courtroom in New York City to terrorism charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.
“This was a blatant violation to the national sovereignty,” Mohammed Sawan, leader of Justice and Construction party, told the AP in a telephone interview Saturday from Benghazi. He added: “It has caused big problems and grave repercussions.”
Agree, it was a violation of National Sovereignity, Obama has no respect for the boundaries of regular people, let alone a country.
Did the Top Cop know too much about 9/11/2012… May he RIP.