TRIPOLI, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A Libyan security officer was shot dead on Monday morning in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, a security official told Xinhua.
Benghazi's Preventative Security Force commander, Hussaein Bin Humaid, said: "Unidentified gunmen fired on Misbah Gbaylli in the district of Hay Al Mokhtar in downtown Benghazi on Monday morning. "
He said the victim, an officer of his force, was heading to work when the shooting occurred.
The spokesperson of Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi told Xinhua that Gbaylli's body was taken to the hospital, adding he was 22 years old and was shot twice in the head.
Benghazi's Preventative Security Force was formed after long- time leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011. The force operates under the Chief of Staff of the Libyan army.
After heavy clashes broke out between the Libyan army special forces and the militia of Ansar Al Sharia on Nov. 25, which killed nine people and wounded more than 50, tension has been running high in Benghazi as well as in the entire eastern region of Cyrenaica.
Since the bloodshed, 10 more soldiers were killed in separate assassinations in the region.
Benghazi, birthplace of the 2011 uprising, witnessed the formation of some extremist militias. Ansar Al Sharia is suspected of attacking the U.S. diplomatic mission in September 2012, which killed the U.S. embassador to the country.