Libyan Interior minister survives assassination attempt

Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of Libya’s unity government, survived an assassination attempt Sunday on a highway near the capital Tripoli, said an official from his inner circle.

According to officials, his convoy was fired on from an armored car while he was on the highway.

His police escort then returned fire. Two of the assailants were arrested and a third is in hospital. A reliable source indicated that the minister is fine.

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The 58-year-old has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.

Bashagha had been seen as a favorite to lead a new interim government under UN-led peace efforts following an October ceasefire last year.

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