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Militia leader admits killing Libyan rebel chief

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Militia leader admits killing Libyan rebel chief


Crowds of mourners turned up for the funeral of the military chief of Libya’s rebels in Benghazi. They chanted and wept at al-Hawari cemetery.

Abdel Fatah Younes was shot on Thursday on his way to a rebel inquiry in the de facto opposition capital.

Until now, it has not been clear who was responsible. But rebel minister Ali Tarhouni now says Younes was killed by gunmen from his own side. Tarhouni says a militia leader has admitted his subordinates carried out the killing.

Many were angered that Younes came from Muammar Gaddafi’s inner circle, having played a close part in the military coup that brought him to power in 1969.

Theories about who killed him ranged from al Qaeda and supporters of Colonel Gaddafi to a rebel splinter group. Whatever the truth may be, the killing is likely to deepen concerns among Western backers about the rebels perceived lack of unity.

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