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.