Police car bombed in Benghazi; one officer reported killed
By Maha Ellawati.
The remains of the bombed police vehicle
Benghazi, 14 January 2013:
A bomb was thrown at a police vehicle in Benghazi this evening. One officer, believed to be the driver was reported killed. He has been named as Jamal Khalil.
The incident occurred in the Kish area near Fuwaihat. According to eyewitnesses, the bomb was thrown at the police vehicle by youths in another car driving past. The incident occurred around 9 pm. The explosion was heard some distance away.
There have been a spate of assassinations and attempted assassinations of security officials in the city over the past year, as well as attacks on courts and buildings belonging to the security forces. Ten days ago, the body of Benghazi CID officer Nasser Al-Moghrabi was discovered with a single bullet wound to his head, three days after he had been kidnapped. Another officer was kidnapped the previous week.
The latest incident comes just three days after an attempt to assassinate the Italian Consul General, Guido de Sanctis.
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