Leading Libya activist killed in drive-by shooting

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Posted: Jul 26, 2013 4:20 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A security official says a leading Libyan activist and vocal critic of the country's Islamists has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the city of Benghazi.

Security official Mohammed al-Hegazi said gunmen in a gray sedan stopped AbdulSalam al-Musmari on his way home after Friday prayers and shot him at close range.

Al-Hegazi said an investigation into the motives behind the attack and who committed the killing is under way.

Al-Musmari was a leading lawyer who headed the Feb. 17 Coalition, a group credited with launching the 2011 protests against the country's longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Al-Musmari also was a vocal critic of the country's Muslim Brotherhood group, which wields significant political and financial clout in post-Gadhafi politics.