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Leading Libyan activist shot dead

A leading Libyan activist and vocal critic of the country's Islamists has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the city of Benghazi.

Security official Mohammed al-Hegazi said gunmen in a grey sedan stopped AbdulSalam al-Musmari on his way home after Friday prayers and shot him at close range.

Mr Al-Hegazi said an investigation into the motives behind the attack and who committed the killing is under way.

Mr Al-Musmari was a leading lawyer who headed a group credited with launching the 2011 protests against the country's long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

He was also a vocal critic of the country's Muslim Brotherhood group, which wields significant political and financial clout in post-Gaddafi politics.

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