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Africa

French ex-serviceman found shot dead in Tripoli flat

media French President Nicolas Sarkozy with National Transitonal Council head … Reuters.

A French ex-serviceman has been found shot dead in his apartment in central Tripoli, sources in Libyan security and at the French embassy said Sunday.

"A man shot him in his apartment and fled," a member of Libya's high security committee said on condition of anonymity.

THE BATTLE FOR LIBYA

The motive of the murder was still unknown, he said.

Another Libyan security source told the AFP news agency that the victim was a retired French serviceman, adding that a Libyan had been arrested in connection with the killing and that an investigation had been launched.

A French embassy source confirmed the murder.

“Yes, he is a former French military member who had retired and was working in Libya," the source said, also speaking on condition of anonymity. "We are currently occupied with the repatriation of the body and have initiated the necessary procedures with the Libyan authorities.”

France played a leading role in drumming up international support for the Libyan insurrection against Moamer Kadhafi and sent advisors to help the rebel forces.

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