Friday, July 29, 2011

Libya revolutionaries' military chief dead

Libya revolutionary forces' commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah Younes (file photo)

Source: Press TV

Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC) says Abdel Fattah Younes, the revolutionary forces' commander-in-chief, has been shot dead.

"With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fatah Younes," AFP quoted TNC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil as saying at a press conference in Benghazi on Thursday.

He added that fighters arrested the head of the group behind the killing of the general.

The former interior minister had defected from Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's regime to become the military leader of the revolutionary forces.

The death came after Younes and two of his aides were arrested early on Thursday on suspicion of still having ties with the regime of Gaddafi, security officials said.

Younes had been summoned for questioning regarding "a military matter," Abdel Jalil said, adding that Younes and his two aides were shot before they arrived for questioning.

In April, he criticized NATO over what Libyan revolutionary forces call the Western military alliance's inability to prevent regime forces from killing civilians.

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