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Libyan Rebel Commander Ambushed, Killed

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(BENGHAZI, Libya) -- Libyan rebel commander Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes and two of his aides were killed Thursday amid rumors Younes had been making secret contact with the Gadhafi government.

The 67-year-old commander had served as interior minister in the Gadhafi administration before defecting to the rebels in February.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, head of the Transitional National Council -- which serves as the rebel governing body -- Thursday blamed pro-Gadhafi supporters for the killings.  But the Gadhafi regime has not taken responsibility for the deaths.

Younes told ABC News in March that he believed Moammar Gadhafi was trying to kill him and that he had already survived two assassination attempts.

On Thursday, Jalil, announced there would be three days of mourning for the assassinated rebel leader, calling him "one of the heroes of the 17th of February revolution," reports The Miami Herald.

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