Libyan PM survives shooting attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Libya’s internationally-recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has survived a shooting attack during a demonstration against the government, according to a government source.

“A convoy of the prime minister was shot at as he was leaving Tobruk air base, the parliament’s temporary headquarter,” a senior government official said on Tuesday.

“A bodyguard was injured,” the source added. “The incident took place following a parliamentary session that was cancelled for security reasons.”

According to a press release, the government accused a Libyan TV station owner of organising the demonstration after the government refused to assign him as the head of a Libyan investment institution.

Libya, a major oil producer in North Africa, has witnessed a frayed political process since its leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled during the 2011 political turmoil, and is now deadlocked in a dogfight between the pro-secular army and Islamist militants.

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