June 26, 2014 5:08 am

Female activist assassinated in Benghazi on election day: report

A picture dated on May 13, 2013 shows Libyan Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis (L), a lawyer who played an active part in Libya's 2011 revolution, which overthrew the regime of Moamer Kadhafi. Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late on June 26, 2014, hospital and security sources said.

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CAIRO, Egypt – Libya’s official news agency says one of the country’s most prominent female activists was assassinated on election day in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.

LANA says Salwa Bugaighis, a lawyer and right activist, was shot with a bullet to the head on Wednesday night, just hours after casting her ballot in Libya’s parliament elections.

Thursday’s report says Bugaighis was transferred to a Benghazi hospital where she later died of her wounds.

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Bugaighis had been on the forefront in the 2011 uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and was also among the most vocal and outspoken activists against rampant militants and Islamic extremists.

Libyans defied violence roiling their nation and voted on Wednesday in the country’s second parliament elections, hoping for stability after three years of chaos since Gadhafi’s ouster.

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