The Libyan Interior Minister was repeatedly fired by gunmen while his car was traveling on a highway near the capital Tripoli, but managed to escape.
“His convoy was shot from an armored vehicle while on a highway,” said an official close to Libya’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha today.
Attackers fired repeatedly on convoys west of the capital Tripoli, after Bashagha visited the National Petroleum Corporation and the ministry’s law enforcement headquarters.
“Two of the attackers have been arrested, the third is in the hospital,” he added, adding that Mr. Bashagha was uninjured and healthy.
Bashagha is a powerful politician in Libyan politics. This 58-year-old man served as an interior minister in the United Nations government, recognized as dead in 2018, and affirmed his reputation in the fight against corruption.
Libya plunged into civil war after the leader of Muammar al-Gaddafi was overthrown in a Western-backed insurgency in 2011. The current bloody war takes place between the National Government of Libya (GNA), under the United Nations recognized and the LNA rebels led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Bashagha was once seen as someone able to lead the new interim government in UN-led peace efforts following the ceasefire last October. The final winner was Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, 61, an engineer and businessman, who was selected as prime minister in early January calling for reconstruction, democracy and unification in Libya.
Hong Hanh (Follow AFP)