By Noora Ibrahim.
Benghazi, 20 September 2014:
Benghazi has been in mourning today following the killing of prominent 18-year-old blogger . . .[restrict]and activist Tawfiq Ben Saud and his 17-year-old friend, also an activist, Sami El-Kwafi.
The shock killings of the young men stood out in one of the bloodiest days in the city in recent memory as extremists orchestrated a city-wide campaign to instil fear in Benghazi residents. Thirteen individuals were targeted and ten of them were killed yesterday.
Ben Saud and El-Kwafi were murdered as they returned home with a friend at around midnight last night. The planned and synchronised attack saw Bensaud’s car approached by three cars from three different directions, blocking the young men’s escape.
Shots were fired from all three cars, and both Ben Saud and El-Kwaif’s bodies were found with gunshots wounds to the head when they were retrieved, medical sources told the Libya Herald. Miraculously the third member of the group survived the attack unscathed.
Libyan Youth Voices, an online youth forum has led the tributes to the two slain activists describing them as “giants in Libya’s nascent civil society” and their loss as “devastating”.
In the last year a number of Benghazi’s leading lights and activists have been mercilessly gunned down. Muftah Buzeid and Salwa Bugaighis were among them.