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Bodyguards failed to save Libyan Rebel leader

Mystery and unrest surrounds the assassination of rebel commander General Abdel-Fattah Younis with fears of battles between competing militias and tribal in-fighting behind rebel lines.  The news broke yesterday evening, when rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil announced that General Abdel-Fattah Younis had been killed earlier in the day by as yet unnamed assassins.

At the Press Conference, it was confirmed that an ambush took place on the way back to Benghazi. However, they failed to disclose exactly where and when the attack took place, how it happened, the manner of the attack and the means by which they came to hear about it. Furthermore, they said the bodies had not yet been found and called on rebel forces to increase their efforts to find the bodies.

It was believed that the General usually traveled inside an armored car in a multivehicle convoy with many bodyguards. If this was the case, then it would have taken quite a battle to destroy the convoy and kill him.