26 June 2014

Libya: Female Activist Killed in Libya

Photo: Libyan Youth Movement
Salwa Bughaighis always made a head-turning sight on the streets of Benghazi. Unveiled and striding confidently to meeting after meeting, she was one of the few who continued to challenge Islamist militias despite increased threats and violence, writes Peter Bouckaert for Human Rights Watch.

Benghazi — Salwa Bougaighis, a prominent human rights lawyer, was killed on Wednesday in Benghazi, officials said.

Bougaighis was attacked by five masked men carrying guns and knives when they stormed the compound where she lived in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing the guard at the gate.

She was shot in the head and stabbed multiple times, police Spokesman Ibrahim al-Sharaa said. She was then rushed to a hospital where she died of her wounds, he added.

Her husband, Essam al-Ghariani, is missing, believed abducted, police said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

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