Libyan Rebel Military Leader Is Killed
1:17am UK, Friday 29 July 2011
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The Libyan rebel military leader, General Abdel Fattah Younes, has been shot dead.
He had defected from Colonel Gaddafi's regime where he had served as interior minister.
Gen Younes was part of the coup in 1969 that brought Col Gaddafi to power.
A spokesman for the Gaddafi regime claims he was assassinated because the rebels believed he was working as a double agent.
The head of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, confirmed Gen Younes had been summoned from the battlefield to answer questions over the military situation.
But the general and two bodyguards were shot before he could appear before a judicial committee.
Mr Jalil said there would be three days of mourning in Gen Younes' honour.
"With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fatah Younes, the commander-in-chief of our rebel forces," he said.
"The person who carried out the assassination was captured," he added.
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