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Journalist gunned down in Libya’s Benghazi

Members of the Libyan Rapid intervention force unit patrol at a checkpoint in Benghazi on May 16, 2013/AFP

Members of the Libyan Rapid intervention force unit patrol at a checkpoint in Benghazi on May 16, 2013/AFP

BENGHAZI, May 26- A newspaper editor and critic of Libya’s jihadists was gunned down Monday in the lawless eastern city of Benghazi, an Islamist stronghold, medics said.

They said Meftah Bouzid, editor of the weekly newspaper Burniq, was shot dead in the centre of the Mediterranean city.

A journalist and analyst, Bouzid often went on television to criticise Islamic extremists, resulting in threats to his life according to a friend.

Libyan authorities have struggled to stomp out lawlessness in a country awash with weapons from the 2011 uprising which toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Ex-rebels, especially Islamists, have been blamed for deadly attacks on dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners in Benghazi, the city in eastern Libya where the revolution was born.

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