Security source in the city of Misrata, Libya, said on Monday that the mayor of Misrata, Mohammed Eshtewi, was killed after being kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday evening when he left the airport.
Misurata hospital confirmed that there were bullets in Eshtewi’s body.
UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, expressed his “deep sorrow and condemnation of the assassination of the Mayor of Misrata”.
He said that gunmen followed Eshtewi’s car and kidnapped him after he left Misrata Airport, 200 km east of Tripoli, explaining that his body was then left on a street.
The mayor’s brother was slightly injured, but not seriously, the hospital reported.
The coastal city of Misrata has a population of about 400,000 and is one of the safest cities in Libya.
However, it includes some of the most powerful armed groups in the country and played a key role in the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 and defeating the Islamic State organisation in 2016.