BENGHAZI, Libya, June 26 (Reuters) - A Libyan military
intelligence officer was killed when a bomb exploded in his car
on Wednesday in the latest attack on security forces in the
eastern city of Benghazi, officials said.
The blast hit Lieutenant Colonel Giuma Misrati just after he
left his home and was standing next to the vehicle, the
Libya remains anarchic and awash with weapons nearly two
years after a Western-backed uprising toppled dictator Muammar
Government forces are still struggling to assert their
authority on the major oil producer, but have been regularly
challenged by regional militias who want to keep hold of the
influence they gained during the revolution.
Benghazi, the cradle of the 2011 revolt, has became a
particular focus of violence, mainly against security forces.
Residents say some of the assaults may be revenge attacks by
Islamists, largely suppressed under Gaddafi, have also come
to the fore.
"There are some people who are trying to use this city as an
arena for settling scores," said the deputy head of Benghazi's
local council, Saad al-Saity.
"This is impeding our plans for reconstruction and getting
foreign companies to return," he added.
On Tuesday six soldiers were killed in an attack by
unidentified gunmen on an army checkpoint south of the coastal
city of Sirte.
Last week, bombs flattened a police station in Benghazi but
there were no casualties as the building had been emptied for
repairs following previous attacks.
The city remains a no-go area for foreigners, after a series
of attacks on Western diplomats including last September's
assault on the U.S. mission which killed the ambassador and
three other Americans.
(Reporting by Feras Bosalum; Writing by Ghaith Shennib and
Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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