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Libyan interior minister survives ambush

In this 2019 photo, Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia. Associated Press/Photo by Hassene Dridi (file)

Libyan interior minister survives ambush

As Fathi Bashagha returned home on Sunday afternoon, an armored vehicle opened fire on his convoy along a highway in the capital city of Tripoli. His guards killed one of the attackers and detained two others. Jan Kubis, the U.N. Special Envoy for Libya, said the violence was an attempt to derail the country’s political process and called for a rapid investigation.

What spurred the attack? It comes weeks after Libya’s warring sides agreed to a transitional government that would lead the country to national elections in December. Libya descended into war in 2011 after a NATO-backed offensive killed long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi. The unrest split Libya between two governments backed by militias and foreign players.

Dig deeper: Read my World Tour report on the nations and stakeholders involved in Libya’s unrest.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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