The mayor of Misratah, Mohamed Eshtewi, was kidnapped on 17 December as he was being driven home from Misratah airport following an official trip.
His corpse was later left outside a local hospital. The perpetrators of the attack have not yet been identified. Eshtewi had been vocal in his support for the UN-backed Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and the Tripoli-based Presidency Council, and had advocated for greater engagement with eastern Libya. He was opposed in this by the Islamist and revolutionary factions of the Misratah Military Council, a group of powerful local militias that had repeatedly tried to force his resignation.
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