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Report: Libyan military intel official assassinated

By Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
updated 3:51 PM EST, Fri December 20, 2013

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The chief of military intelligence for Benghazi, Col. Fathallah al-Gzairi, was assassinated Friday in the city of Derna by unidentified assailants who opened fire on him from a vehicle, a relative told the state-run Libyan News Agency.

The officer died before reaching the hospital.

Al-Gzairi, who was visiting relatives in the city, his hometown, was appointed to the job only a few days ago.

Assassinations have spiked in eastern Libya as security has deteriorated in the area and anger against Islamist groups has grown.

CNN's Tim Lister contributed to this report.