A teacher fatally shot early Thursday in Benghazi, Libya, has been identified as U.S. chemistry teacher Ronnie Smith, local officials say.
The 33-year-old, reportedly from Texas, was gunned down as he jogged in Benghazi's Fweihat district, the BBC reported.
He worked at an international school in Benghazi.
A security official said on Libyan television authorities have not determined the motive for the attack, the New York Times reported.
"The assassination of the American teacher is a continuation of a series of assassinations that the city is going through," the official said.
A person who claimed to be an eyewitness said the gunmen who shot Smith were driving a black Jeep.
A photograph circulating on social media purported to show Smith's body dressed in running clothes face down in a pool of blood. The authenticity of the photograph could not be verified.
The U.S. Embassy in Libya has not yet released a statement.
Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Original headline: American chemistry teacher killed in Benghazi while jogging
Most Popular Stories
- Obama Administration Releases Proposal to Regulate For-Profit Colleges
- Apple, HP, Intel May Take a Hit from Slowdown in Smartphone Sales Growth
- Elizabeth Vargas' Husband Marc Cohn Addresses Rumors
- Keurig Adds Peet's coffee, Alters Starbucks deal
- FDIC Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Banks Allegedly Hurt by Libor Scandal
- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Marries Model Courtney Bingham
- U.S. to Relinquish Gov't Control Over Internet
- Chinese e-Commerce Giant Alibaba Gears for IPO in U.S.
- Some California Cities Seeking Water Independence
- Will Missing Malaysian Jet Prompt Aviation System Change?