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Tripoli police chief killed in Libya
Tripoli police chief assassinated in Libya amid violence
Associated Press
2014-08-12 11:42 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's Interior Ministry says that the capital's police chief has been killed as militias continue to battle for control of Tripoli airport.

Ministry spokesman Rami Kaal told The Associated Press that Col. Mohammed Sweissi, who supported the battle against Islamist militias, was found dead on Tuesday.

The ministry statement said he came under attack by masked gunmen after leaving a meeting in the Tajoura neighborhood and two associates were abducted.

The killing took place as militias from western city of Misrata and their Islamist allies battled a militia from the mountain town of Zintan over the airport.

The two militias played key roles in the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.

There is also fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi, between Islamist militias and remnants of the army, which Sweissi backed.

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