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A number of opposition forces not comfortable with a military leader who until recently was very close to Khadafy, and Younes involved in a dispute over leadership of the opposition forces.

A senior military leader of the Libyan opposition in the fight against Mommar Khadafy shot dead by assailants on Thursday (28/07/2011).

Abdel Fattah Younes is part of the groups involved in the 1969 coup that brought Khadafy to power and an interior minister before he defected and accepted a senior position in the opposition in February. “We have received news today that Younes and two bodyguards have been shot after he was summoned to appear before a judicial committee to investigate military issue,” said the leader of the opposition Mustafa Abdel Jalil told reporters at the headquarters of the opposition in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

A number of opposition forces not comfortable with a military leader who until recently was very close to Khadafy, and Younes involved in a dispute over leadership of the opposition forces.

Jalil said Younes shot before appearing in front of the judicial committee and leaders of armed groups who killed him has been arrested. It is unclear where Younes and his bodyguard were killed or how they learned of the death Jalil. However, Jalil said that all efforts have been made ​​to find the bodies.

Shortly afterwards, gunmen burst into the hotel complex where Jalil speaks and fired a barrage of shots in the air, a Reuters reporter said.

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