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Libya's interior minister escapes assassination attempt

1 security guard injured during clash, one of assailants killed, 2 others arrested

Mucahit Aydemir   | 21.02.2021
Libya's interior minister escapes assassination attempt Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha (2nd L) arrives to the ministry building in Tripoli, Libya. ( FILE PHOTO - Anadolu Agency )


Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, his ministry confirmed.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that Bashagha and his convoy came under fire from a heavy-armed pickup vehicle with machine guns while he was returning to his residence at 3 p.m. local time [1300GMT] in the capital Tripoli.

Bashagha escaped the attack “unharmed” and is in good condition, the ministry said.

While one of his security guards was injured during the clash, one of the assailants was killed and two others arrested, the ministry added.

On Feb. 5, Libya's rival political groups agreed during UN-brokered talks in Geneva to form an interim unity government to lead the country to elections this December.

*Writing by Handan Kazanci

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