Gaddafi with unnamed female body guard
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Female Gaddafi bodyguard killed in Egypt
Aspiring actress who defected from dictator's regime found dead in pool of blood at her Cairo apartment

Egyptian authorities are investigating the killing of a former female bodyguard of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. She was found stabbed to death in her Cairo apartment.


Egyptian officials said Tuesday Zahraa al-Bouaishi, 31, was found dead in a pool of blood in her apartment in Nasr City district in Cairo over the weekend.


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Authorities suspect al-Bouaishi's brother. The officials said al-Bouaishi was planning to begin an acting career in Cairo, considered a disgrace by some in her family. The officials were speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.


Al-Bouaishi defected from Gaddafi's regime, then helped the rebels and international allies with information about some of his forces' weapons caches. She later moved to Cairo from Tunisia.


For years, Gaddafi surrounded himself with female security detail, a fact that generated much curiosity around the world. The dictator was captured and killed by rebels in October 2011, after months of fighting between his army and opposition forces.




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