Libyan police 'killed by Islamists'

04-10-2012

Islamists have killed three Libyan policemen in a raid on their checkpoint near a coastal town east of second city Benghazi, police said.

A fourth officer is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Residents said the four men had been stationed at a checkpoint at the western gate of Susa, which lies in the Green Mountains, about 260-kilometres east of Benghazi.

They were attacked overnight while performing their duties, residents and a police officer said, pinning responsibility on hardline Islamists.

"Preliminary investigations suggest that extremists were behind these acts," said Nasser Zayed, who heads the police force of the Green Mountains district.

He condemned the targeting of security personnel.

A massive funeral procession for the three men cut across the town in the wake of afternoon prayers.

The incident marks the latest in a string of attacks focused on the army and police forces, which the government has been trying to empower after mass rallies against militias made up of former rebels.


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