(FILES) This file photo taken on March 9, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk shows Libyan anti-Islamist General Khalifa Haftar attending his swearing in ceremony as the new self-styled Libyan National Army chief.
Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar's chief of staff said on April 18, 2018 that he survived a car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi, adding in a brief statement that he "escaped unharmed from a terrorist assassination attempt after a car bomb exploded... as his convoy passed".
The attack comes after Haftar, who supports a parliament based in the far east of Libya, was in hospital in Paris last week after falling ill during a trip abroad. / AFP PHOTO / STR
Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army ousted rival fighters from Libya's fertile oil crescent region ten days ago/ AFP

Haftar's return boosts hope for peace in Libya