Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Air Algerie investigation continues

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults - Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Renault's women drivers ad deemed sexist

Read more

FOCUS

Constitution prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

War and Markets, with Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank

Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • US condemns school shelling as Israel calls up 16,000 more reservists

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • Investigators reach MH17 site amid 24-hour ceasefire

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9 billion to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Iraq's Christians: Nowhere to Run?

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

  • US House votes to sue Obama for over-reaching his powers

    Read more

  • Argentina fails to reach deal with creditors

    Read more

Africa

Libyan human rights activist shot dead in Benghazi

© Vital Voices

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-26

Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late on Wednesday, hospital and security sources said.

“Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Ms Bugaighis in her home and opened fire on her,” a security official, who did not wish to be named, told AFP.

She was shot several times and taken to hospital in critical condition, where she died shortly afterwards, a spokesman for the Benghazi medical centre said.

Her husband, who was in the family home at the time of the attack, has since been reported as missing, according to a family member.

“We’ve lost touch with him,” the relative said, adding that a security guard at the house had been shot and injured, but his life was not in danger.

‘Cowardly act’

Bugaighis, a lawyer, played an active part in Libya’s 2011 revolution, which overthrew the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

A former member of the National Transitional Council, the rebellion’s political wing, she was vice president of a preparatory committee for national dialogue in Libya.

The US ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones called the news “heart-breaking”, and on her Twitter account denounced “a cowardly, despicable, shameful act against a courageous woman and true Libyan patriot”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bugaighis had participated in Libya’s general election. She published photos of herself at a polling station on her Facebook page.

Extremist stronghold

Since the 2011 revolution, the east of Libya – and in particular the country’s second city of Benghazi – has been a stronghold for extremists, and the scene of attacks and assassinations targeting notably the military, police and judges.

At least three soldiers deployed to provide polling day security in Benghazi were killed in what security officials said was an attack on their convoy by Islamist militia.

Benghazi, which was the scene of a deadly attack on the US consulate in 2012, has been tense since a rogue former rebel commander launched an offensive against powerful Islamist groups late last month, drawing many regular army units to his side.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-06-26

  • LIBYA

    Libyans vote in poll hoped to ease post-Gaddafi chaos

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    US forces capture suspected leader of 2012 Benghazi attack

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Clashes erupt in Tripoli as gunmen storm Libyan parliament

    Read more

COMMENT(S)