Al-Gzairi had been appointed to the position a few days ago. A relative told the state-run Libyan News Agency that al-Gzairi was shot in his hometown of Derna, where he was visiting relatives.
Libyan military officers have recently been the target of attacks. On Sunday, a Libyan Army colonel was shot five times in the head outside of a school in Benghazi. His unidentified assailant escaped. On December 11, an Air Force officer was abducted in Benghazi while driving to work around 8 a.m. His abductors blocked the streets surrounding his car, which was left abandoned.