6 December 2013

Libya: U.S. Teacher Killed in Benghazi

Photo: Mohammed El Shaiky/Xinhua
Libyan cities have seen increased lawlessness since the toppling of former president Muammar Gaddaffi.

Benghazi — An American chemistry teacher was shot and killed on Thursday while jogging in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed last year.

Friends identified the teacher as Ronnie Smith, 33, of Austin, Tex.

"He was a much loved teacher who supported students in their learning and always had time to help when asked," the school said in a posting on its Facebook page.

There were no credible claims of responsibility, but suspicion was likely to fall on Islamic militants active in Benghazi. Libyan security officials said they had yet to determine a motive for the killing.

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