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Libyan PM survives attack on motorcade

Image of Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya on 6 February 2017 [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency]
Image of Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya on 6 February 2017 [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency]

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj survived an attack on his motorcade on Monday, his officials have revealed. He was en route to the opening of the new criminal investigation unit headquarters in the Duraibi area of Tripoli at the time. The motorcade included the head of the State Council, Abdulrahman Sewehli, and the head of the Presidential Guard, Najmi Nakoa.

A spokesman for the UN-backed government, Ashraf Tulty, said that gunmen fired at the vehicles as they passed through Tripoli's Abu Salim district, but no one was hurt. It is unclear who was behind the shooting or whether it was a targeted attack.

"There is an ongoing investigation into the source of the shooting," Tulty added. "They want to figure out if there was any party behind the shooting or if it was random."

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