By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 21 November 2014:
A 23-year-old woman was shot while she was driving near the former Qala Al Shab . . .[restrict](People’s Hall) on the west side of Tripoli’s upmarket Hay Al-Andalus suburb.
Her name has been reported variously as Sarah Al-Barani and Sarah Al-Maghdura. An Instagram photo said to be of her reads “Sarah James.”
The reason for her killing is unclear. Some reports say that the attacker, who had followed her around in a Toyota before shooting her, had sexual intentions and murdered her when she rebuffed his advances. Others say he was an Islamic extremist who shot her because she was not wearing a veil and ignored his demands that she cover up.
Suggestions that extremists opposed to women driving were responsible for the crime may be weakened because later in the day a young man, Ali Gajroob, was reportedly killed in the same way.
People have taken to social media to condemn the killings and express their anger over the current security situation.
“Libya Dawn says Tripoli is safe. Is this what they call safe?” read one tweet that was echoed by many others. [/restrict]