French engineer shot dead in Libya: hospital
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TRIPOLI: A French engineer was shot dead in the restive city of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Sunday, a source at the hospital where he was taken said.

The source at Al-Jala hospital said the 49-year-old Frenchman had been hit by three bullets in an attack in the Abeida district of central Benghazi.

The unidentified victim was an employee of a company carrying out extension work at Benghazi Medical Centre, where a source said he was with colleagues at the time of the attack.

The French embassy in Tripoli, contacted by AFP, said it preferred “not to comment for the moment.”

Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolution that ousted veteran dictator Muammar Gadhafi, has seen near-daily attacks on security and other targets as the weak central government struggles to rein in former rebel brigades turned militias.

Western interests have also been hit, notably a September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate during which the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed.

In December, an American teacher was killed in Benghazi, and two French guards were wounded in a car bombing outside France’s embassy in Tripoli last April 23.

With Islamist extremism on the rise, seven Egyptian Christians were executed in Benghazi last week after been kidnapped by gunmen.

France has been heavily involved in renovation and extension work at the Benghazi medical centre since 2007 under a cooperation project.

A French ex-honorary consul to Benghazi, Jean Dufriche, headed France’s team at the hospital but left Libya after an assassination attempt in July 2013.

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