Libyan Rebel Leader Killed

The rebel movement trying to topple Muammar Gaddafi in Libya suffered a major blow on Thursday when its military chief of staff was brutally killed in mysterious circumstances.

The body of Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes was found on Thursday riddled with bullets and burned. The body of Younes, who defected from Gaddafi’s camp in February, was paraded in the main square of Benghazi, the recognized center of the rebel movement known as the National Transitional Council.

It was not clear who perpetrated the assassination, although Younes was reportedly recalled from the frontline early Thursday and ordered to report to Benghazi where he was to face questioning from the rebel leadership. NTC president Mustafa Abdul-Jalil also claimed that Younes was assassinated by assailants whose identities he refused to reveal. “With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fattah Younes, the commander-in-chief of our rebel forces,” Jalil said in a statement. “The person who carried out the assassination was captured.”