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French firm said to be helping Gadhafi regime with VIP security

CAIRO — A French security firm, amid daily NATO air strikes, has been helping the Libyan regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.


France's Secopex was believed to have been linked to the Gadhafi regime and was said to be helping in the area of VIP security. On May 12, an employee of Secopex was killed during a shootout with Libyan rebels in Benghazi, Middle East Newsline reported.

"During a police checkpoint in Benghazi last night, five French nationals were arrested," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. "One of them was shot and died during the night at the Benghazi hospital."

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France did not provide details of the shootout or the identity of the dead Frenchman. But industry sources said the Secopex employee, said to have been 49-years-old, arrived at Benghazi from the nearby town of Soluch, which contained Gadhafi forces.

The shooting took place during clashes between Gadhafi forces and Libyan rebels in Benghazi, the second largest city in the country. Secopex has refused to confirm the killing of its employee.

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