The prominent interior minister of Libya’s unity government, Fathi Bashagha, escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday in the capital city, Tripoli, on Sunday according to an official who spoke with AFP.

According to reports, unknown gunmen in an armoured vehicle, opened fire on his convoy on the highway.

The source said, “Bashagha’s convoy was fired on from an armoured car while he was on the highway. His police escort returned fire. Two of the assailants were arrested and a third is in hospital.”

However, Bashagha, a heavyweight in Libyan politics, escaped unhurt during the attack.

Reports have it that the minister was returning from a visit to a newly inaugurated security unit when the gunmen accosted his motorcade.

58-year-old Bashagba has occupied the interior minister position since 2018 and has been prominent for tackling corruption in the North African country’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord.

Recall that the country has witnessed many crisis since the death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Since the ceasefire in October 2020, the interior minister has been favoured to lead a new interim government in line with the UN-led peace efforts.

However, 61-year-old businessman Abdul Hamid Dbeibah clenched the post with calls for reconstruction, democracy and reunification in Libya.

In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has sued for peace in Niger Republic as the country braces up for a run-off set for February 21, 2021.

Describing the country as “our very close neighbor,” the President said the peace of Niger Republic is of utmost concern to Nigeria.

 

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