Unknown gunmen have killed the mayor of Libya's port city Misrata after reportedly chasing his car and kidnapping him. Mayor Mohamad Eshtewi's body was found dumped in the street not long after returning to the city from an official visit to Turkey.
Late Eshtewi was abducted by unknown assailants after leaving the airport in the city. A Libyan official, Abubakr Alhraish, told the BBC that the mayor had chosen not to have his usual protection.
"The mayor normally travels with security but he opted out after his arrival from Istanbul because he said his brother was picking him up from the airport." Mr Alhraish said the mayor and his brother had been ambushed by four assailants, who then shot the brother in the leg and abducted the mayor.
He added, "the brother survived. The mayor's body was found about half-an-hour later in front of al-Safwa hospital in Misrata. There is a city-wide investigation to uncover who was behind this."