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September 22, 2014

Two teen activists gunned down in Libya

Youth leaders among those dead in a string of targeted killings in Benghazi.

Two men hug during the funeral for Libyan activist Tawfik Bin Saud in Benghazi on September 20, 2014. Tawfik was killed, along with a friend, late on September 19, by unknown gunmen. (AFP/ ABDULLAH DOMA)

The Libyan city of Benghazi was rocked by a series of targeted killings on Thursday and Friday night, leaving 10 people dead including officials, journalists and activists. Among the slain were 18-year-old Tawfik Bensaud and 17-year-old Sami El-Kawafi, both activists. Bensaud and El-Kawafi were reportedly shot and killed by a group of men while driving through central Benghazi on Friday. 

The identity of the shooters is not known, but many blame the attacks on armed groups operating in Benghazi. Bensaud, a blogger, was considered one of the country's prominent youth voices calling for a civil movement. Many took to social media to discuss the killings