Judge assassinated in eastern Libya


Libyans stand next to the scene of a blast after a bomb exploded outside police station in Benghazi May 10, 2013.

Militants have shot and killed a Judge in the eastern Libyan city of Derna a few weeks after courts resumed their activities in the militancy stronghold.

Mohammed Houidi was assassinated outside a court in Derna on Sunday.

Å“A car just stopped in front and gunmen fired at him…. He died immediately,” said Mansour al-Hasadi, a member of Libya’s National Assembly.

The assassination took place a few weeks after the courts of law resumed their work in Derna following a long cessation since the 2011 unrest.

The Mediterranean coastal city is considered as a major recruitment center for militants who join the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Violence has flared up in Libya in recent weeks, as the government stepped up its campaign against increasing militancy across the country.

On Saturday, at least six Libyan soldiers were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi, where Libyan special forces have clashed with armed protesters after the demonstrators attacked army and police buildings.

Since the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the Libyan government has been struggling to tackle the presence of armed militias.

Libyans rose up against Gaddafiâ„¢s four-decade rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain on October 20 of the same year.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV