There has been a failed assassination attempt on the life of interior minister of Libya’s unity government, Fathi Bashagha, on Sunday on a highway near the capital Tripoli.
Official sources indicate that his convoy “was fired on from an armored car while he was on the highway.
His police escort then returned fire leading to the injury and hospitalization of one assailant and the subsequent arrests of two others. A reliable source indicated that the minister is fine.
Bashagha, a heavyweight in Libyan politics, was returning from a routine visit to a new security unit overseen by his department, the same source said.
Fathi, 58, has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.
Libya has been torn by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Two rival administrations, backed by an array of militias and foreign powers, have vied for control of the oil-rich country.
Bashagha was viewed as a favorite to lead the new interim government under UN-led peace efforts following the ceasefire last year.
The post was however assigned to businessman Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a 61 year old engineer, who has called for reconstruction, democracy, and reunification in Libya.