Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said.
“Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs Bugaighis in her home and opened fire on her,” said a security official, who did not wish to be named.
She was shot several times and taken to hospital in critical condition, where she died shortly afterwards, a spokesman for the Benghazi medical center said.
Her husband, who was in the family home at the time of the attack, has since been reported as missing, according to a family member.
“We've lost touch with him,” the relative said, adding that a security guard at the house had been shot and injured, but his life was not in danger.