By Noora Ibrahim and Moutaz Ahmed.
Benghazi, 7 July 2014:
One police officer and a civilian were shot and killed in Benghazi . . .[restrict]yesterday as the targeting of security personnel and facilities continued in the embattled city despite it being Ramadan, a time when killing is forbidden .
A part-time police officer working for Benghazi Security Directorate, Nasser Said Arhaimah, was murdered on the Nahr road in Benghazi’s Laithi district yesterday, a source at Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) has said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Mohammed Faraj Al-Fallah, a local resident, was killed also yesterday by a neighbour in an incident not thought to be related to the current crisis in the city. The alleged killer has been taken into police custody. The source at BMC said Fallah had been killed with a shotgun at close range apparently the result of a long-running dispute.
Two further injured men with gunshot wounds received treatment at BMC yesterday after they were caught up in feuds which had become violent. They have not been identified.
Abdul Jalil Amr Barghathi, also a civilian, was killed in a road accident yesterday near the base of the 204th tank battalion in the Haba district. There had ben reports that he was assassinated but this is untrue. The spokesperson at BMC said Barghathi appeared to have died from a blunt trauma wound to the head.
A police station in Benghazi’s Sabri area was yesterday burned to the ground after fire spread throughout the building following what was believed to be a bomb attack. Eye witnesses at the scene said further explosions could be seen sometime after the blaze started and continued to rage. Firefighters did eventually put the fire out, but too late to save the station. No one was harmed in the incident. The same police station was subjected to a bomb attack in October of last year although in that instance it suffered only superficial damage.
Military officer Siddiq Ali narrowly escaped an assassination attempt yesterday. He was asked to stop at a checkpoint in the city’s Hawari district and was fired upon when he drove straight though. He received a gunshot wound to his hand and received treatment at BMC.