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Canadian killed in Libya: Report

Latest News / Canada – A Canadian man who left a computer job in Ottawa in March to join the rebel fighters in Libya has been killed by a sniper’s bullet in Tripoli, his friend told public broadcaster CBC.

 

LIBYA CONFLICTEdmonton-born Nader Ben Raween, 24, had never previously held a gun but believed in the rebels’ cause to oust Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi, said his friend Abdurrahman Ghariba.

 

“Libya will be free soon,” Raween had said during their last telephone conversation last week, said Ghariba, who learned of Raween’s death by telephone from a mutual friend in Libya.

 

Raween had been fighting alongside a group of rebels overrunning Kadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya headquarters in Tripoli when a sniper’s bullet struck him, he said.

 

Libyan rebels stormed into Tripoli this week after a six-month civil war, but the veteran leader has yet to be captured and although rebel forces control most of the capital, fighting is still raging in some parts of the city.

Canada’s foreign affairs department said it is “aware of reports of the death of a Canadian citizen in Libya” but would not confirm the information.

 

“While our embassy in Tripoli has suspended operations, consular officials in Ottawa and at our mission in Tunis stand ready to provide consular assistance,” department spokeswoman Aliya Mawani said.

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