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Confusion as Libyan rebel military chief shot dead

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Confusion as Libyan rebel military chief shot dead


Libya’s rebels say their military chief has been shot dead, but the exact circumstances remain unclear.

General Abdel Fattah Younes defected from the Gaddafi regime in February. But while many welcomed the defection, Younes was not trusted by all his new comrades.

He was gunned down after being summoned back from the battlefield for questioning. It is thought he was suspected of maintaining ties with Muammar Gaddafi, whom he served as interior minister before changing sides.

Meanwhile at least four explosions were heard in Tripoli overnight while Ghezaia on the Tunisian border is now said to be in rebel hands for the first time since the fighting began.

Several other towns in the area are also said to have fallen, strengthening the rebel position in the western mountains ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in August.

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