CAIRO — A string of assassinations over a 24-hour period in Benghazi has heightened tensions in the already blood-soaked Libyan city, raising fears that the killings could initiate an even deadlier wave of violence as the country threatens to fracture.
(A member of the coast battalion of the Libya Shield Force Western Brigade, sits on a truck with a mounted anti-aircraft gun, after being deployed by General National Congress (GNC) President Nouri Abusahmain, in the western suburbs of the city of Tripoli August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)
Benghazi residents said Saturday that they were stunned by the speed and scope of the assassinations, in which at least 10 people were gunned down from Thursday to Friday night. Among the dead: a former head of the Libyan air force and a prominent Muslim cleric.
One of those killed was Tawfiq Bensaud, an 18-year-old youth activist. In a photograph…