The editor in chief of the Libyan weekly newspaper Burniq was murdered Monday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a source at the Al Yala Hospital told Efe.

Moftah Abu Zeid, known for his criticism of Islamists, was shot to death by a group of attackers as he was driving in his vehicle.

Abu Zeid has openly expressed his rejection of Parliament, as well as of the organization of the voting process to give the green light to the government of Prime Minister Ahmad Maitiq.

According to the hospital communications director, the editor was dead on arrival when brought to Al Yala after being shot several times in the head and chest.

Benghazi, since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gadhafi, has been the scene of numerous murders and attacks, the majority of which have not been solved.

Although most of the attacks have been directed against members of the security forces, the killers have also targeted politicians, judges and journalists.

On May 16, retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the head of various militias and paramilitary groups, launched an offensive against several militia organizations in Benghazi that he considers responsible for these attacks.

The assault headed by Haftar, who blames Islamist militias and Islamist terrorist groups for the wave of murders in the eastern part of the country, has unleashed a profound political crisis in Libya and has caused numerous countries to issue alerts warning of a possible collapse of the political system there. EFE