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Libyan interior minister escapes shooting attack on motorcade in Tripoli

Fathi Bashagha survives suspected assassination attempt after meeting at the National Oil Corporation

Fathi Bashagha was shot at after a meeting with the chairman of the National Oil Corporation. Getty
Fathi Bashagha was shot at after a meeting with the chairman of the National Oil Corporation. Getty

Gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of the Libyan Government of National Accord's Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, in the capital Tripoli on Sunday, but he escaped unharmed, a source said.

The assailants fired on Mr Bashagha's convoy as he drove through western Tripoli after visiting the National Oil Corporation and the headquarters of the ministry's law enforcement force, the source said.

Mr Bashagha tweeted about his meeting with the corporation's chairman before the assassination attempt.

"A fruitful meeting with Mustafa Sanalla, NOC chairman, where we discussed working jointly to secure the oil sector and to strengthen its independence to ensure a fair distribution of wealth among all Libyans," he said.

Updated: February 22, 2021 02:27 AM

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