Benghazi Security Chief Assassinated

Col. Farag al-Dersi

Gunmen assassinated the security chief of Benghazi overnight, Libya’s deputy interior minister announced on Wednesday.

National Security Chief Col. Farag al-Dersi was shot dead while returning from work by three men who were able to escape, according to Omar al-Khadrawi.

A terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi on September 11 of this year resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The political fallout from the attack is still being felt back in America.

The colonel was leading an anti-militia crackdown in the wake of the embassy attack, reports the UK Guardian. He had banned some groups and worked to bring others under the control of government-appointed officers.

Col. al-Dersi was reportedly leading an investigation into the attack on the U.S. embassy.

Libya’s second-largest city has experienced many assassinations and car bombings over the past month, reports Fox News. The targets have been mostly security officials who worked under the Ghaddafi regime.

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