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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Gunmen assassinate mayor of Libya's biggest port city

Gunmen chased the car of mayor Mohammed Eshtewi after he left Misrata airport

Gunmen fatally shot the mayor of Libya's third-largest city, Misrata, late on Sunday, ambushing his car inside the city, security officials said.

The North African oil producer has been in chaos since the 2011 uprising that unseated Muammar Qaddafi, but Misrata, Libya's biggest port, had been relative peaceful until now.

Gunmen chased the car of mayor Mohammed Eshtewi after he left Misrata airport following his arrival on a plane from Turkey, a security official said, adding it was unclear who was behind it.

In October, a bomb exploded at the city's court, killing about four people and wounding 40 others in an attack claimed by ISIL.

Misrata, almost 200 kilometres east of Tripoli, is the gateway for food and other imports into Libya and the country's only tax-free zone. It is one of the few places still frequented by foreign business people fearing poor security elsewhere.

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