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Libyan rebel commander "killed by his own side"

Libyan rebel commander "killed by his own side"
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Prosecutors investigating the killing of a Libyan rebel military commander last July claim he was killed by one of his own side.

The finger of suspicion for the death of General Abdel Fattah Younis has pointed to a member of the National Transitional Council.

To date Younis’s death has been unclear, although it is known he was killed after NTC leaders summoned him back from the front line to Benghazi.

But now a former NTC member is one of seven suspects – Dr. Ali Abdul Aziz Saleh Al-Essawi was named by a military prosecutor in a murder indictment.

Al-Essawi served as the NTC’s interim deputy prime minister until he stepped down earlier this year. At the time the death of General Younis exposed splits within the anti-Gaddafi movement, mainly between the Islamists and secularists. The naming of suspects risks reviving those divisions.

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