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Brotherhood member gunned down

Tripoli - A Muslim Brotherhood official and member of the local council from Misrata was shot dead as he left a mosque in the Libyan city, a local source told AFP on Sunday.

“Sheikh Mohamed bin Othman was shot dead as he left a mosque after prayers” on Saturday, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

“Unknown gunmen fired shots from a car with tinted windows” before fleeing, the source added, citing witnesses.

The funeral for Othman, a former political prisoner under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi and a founding member of the Justice and Construction Party, which was launched by the Brotherhood in Libya, will be held later on Sunday.

The party described the killing of Othman as a “serious prelude to sow chaos and confusion” as it called for “national solidarity... to consolidate the state institutions and the rule of law” in Libya.

The Libyan state news agency Lana said those who carried out the attack had not yet been identified.

Misrata, a port city in east Libya, is relatively untouched so far by the violence and killings that has rocked Benghazi, the cradle of the revolt that toppled Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. - Sapa-AFP

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