LIBYAN INTERIOR MINISTER SURVIVES ATTACK ON HIS CONVOY
The motorcade of the interior minister of Libya’s UN-backed government came under attack on Sunday in the capital, Tripoli, officials said, Samy Magdy reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Armed men opened fire at Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade on a highway in Tripoli, wounding at least one of his guards, said Amin al-Hashmi, a spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry. He said the minister survived the attack and his guards chased the assailants, killing one and detaining two others.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Bashagha was returning to his residence in the Janzour neighborhood when armed men in an armored vehicle opened fire on his convoy.
The statement called the attack an “attempted assassination” of the minister.
Earlier Sunday, Bashagha met with Mustafa Sanalla, head of Libya’s National Oil Corp. to discuss the security of oil facilities and how to strengthen the corporation’s independence to “ensure a fair distribution of wealth among all Libyans.” He posted a photo for both of them on his Twitter account, calling their meeting “fruitful.”