Unidentified gunmen have shot dead Libyan Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui in his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, a security official says.
“Hassan al-Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte,” the security official told AFP on Sunday.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media
Droui, a former member of the National Transitional Council, was killed near Mekmdas market in central Sirte after evening prayers on Saturday, local media reported.
On Saturday, clashes between rival tribes in southern Libya killed 19 people and injured 20 others.
“Violent confrontations broke out between Toubous and Awled Sleiman early this morning,” said Ayoub al-Zarrouk, chief of the local council in the city of Sebha. “So far there are 19 dead and 20 wounded.”
The fighting reportedly began over the killing of a militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman. The Toubous were blamed for his death.
Libyans rose up against former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain on October 20 of the same year.
Since 2011, Benghazi has been the scene of numerous attacks and political assassinations amidst increasing power struggle among several militias who fought against Gaddafi during the uprising.
The former rebels refuse to lay down their arms, despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.
Over the past few months, Tripoli and its suburbs have been hit by violent clashes between rival militias.
In an interview with Press TV last year in October, political commentator Johnny Miller said that Libya is on the verge of becoming a failed state.
Libya “really is close to being a failed state. I mean you have the situation where the government is very, very weak. You have the streets ruled by militias, affiliated with the government, but also acting unilaterally by themselves,” he said.
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