The leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia has died of wounds suffered when fighting pro-government troops several months ago, his family and officials said on Friday.

Mohamed al-Zahawi, who founded a brigade of Ansar in Benghazi after helping to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, had been in hospital since he was hurt, members of his family told Reuters.

Fadhl al-Hassi, a Libyan military commander, said Zahawi had died from wounds sustained in an ambush in September. “I saw myself how he got wounded in his car,” he said. […]