CAIRO — The interior minister of Libya’s U.N.-backed authorities survived an ambush by gunmen on his motorcade on Sunday, a brazen attack highlighting the towering challenges that live for the newly appointed authorities that is attempting to unite the country earlier than elections gradual this 12 months.
Armed males opened fire at Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade on a freeway in Tripoli, wounding no lower than one of his guards, acknowledged Amin al-Hashmi, a spokesman for the Tripoli-essentially essentially based Well being Ministry.
He acknowledged the minister survived the attack and his guards chased the assailants, killing one and detaining two others.
The Interior Ministry acknowledged in a observation that Bashagha turned into turned into returning to his position within the Janzour neighborhood when armed males in an armored automobile opened fire on his convoy.
The observation called the attack an “attempted assassination” of the minister.
Earlier Sunday, Bashagha met with Mustafa Sanalla, head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation to converse concerning the protection of oil facilities and make stronger the corporation’s independence to “ensure that that a ravishing distribution of wealth among all Libyans.” He posted a record for both of them on his Twitter account, calling their assembly “fruitful.”
The U.S. Ambassador in Libya Richard Norland additionally condemned the attack and called for an investigation to protect shut these responsible responsible.
“Minister Bashaga’s focal level on ending the impression of rogue militias has our corpulent make stronger,” Norland acknowledged.
The U.N. particular envoy to Libya Jan Kubis additionally urged a “corpulent, like a flash, and clear investigation” into the incident, announcing it had aimed at “derailing the political project and other efforts in make stronger of Libya and its folks.”
He acknowledged the attack has additionally confirmed “how crucial it is to protect shut your complete palms only within the palms of the reputable authorities.”
Oil-rich Libya turned into plunged into chaos after a 2011 NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The country has been divided between two governments, one within the east and one other within the west, every backed by a big array of militias as smartly as international powers.
Earlier this month, an UN-picked body comprised of Libyans from all sides appointed an intervening time authorities — a three-member Presidential Council and a prime minister — to steer the country through elections, scheduled for Dec. 24.
The newly appointed authorities, which has yet to resume its powers, called for judicial authorities to yell the conditions of the incident and bring these responsible earlier than justice.
Bashagha turned into a contender for the put up of prime minister, within the conclude Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah turned into chosen to steer the transitional Cupboard.
The discussion board additionally picked Mohammad Younes Menfi, a Libyan diplomat from the country’s east, to steer the Presidential Council.
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