Libya crisis: Head of Tripoli police assassinated

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The head of police in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been killed by unknown gunmen, BBC reports.

Col Muhammad Suwaysi was shot while leaving a meeting in Tajoura, a suburb in the east of the capital.

Two of his colleagues were also taken captive, the interior ministry said.

Libya has been gripped by violence involving militias that spearheaded the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Thousands have been forced to flee recent fighting in Tripoli.

More than three years after the uprising, Libya’s police and army remain weak in comparison to the militias who control large parts of the country.

The official Facebook page of the National Security Directorate of Tripoli said that Suwaysi had been assassinated.

Interior ministry spokesman Rami Kaal told the BBC that the police chief had been in Tajoura for a meeting with local authorities.

“On his way back from Tajoura, their vehicle was ambushed at a traffic light by two cars with armed men,” he said.

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