Libyan television journalist shot dead in Benghazi

A Libyan television journalist involved in coverage of fighting between Islamist militias and pro-government forces in the second city of Benghazi has been assassinated, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

Muftah al-Qatrani, director of the private production company Al-Anwar, was killed by a gunshot to the head on Wednesday, an interior ministry official told AFP.

“Friends who visited his office found him dead on a chair, covered in blood,” the official said, adding that an inquiry had been launched into the killing.

A witness, who declined to be named, said the producer’s office was in the center of Benghazi.

“No neighbors or surrounding businesses had any idea what had happened and no weapon was found near the body,” the witness said.