Gunmen assassinated Libya’s deputy industry minister as he drove home from shopping in the coastal city of Sirte late on Saturday in an attack security officials blamed on hardline Islamist militants.
Libya is still plagued by widespread violence and targetted killings two years after the civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with militants, militia gunmen 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.’
May his soul RIP.