Libya: security official wounded in car bomb attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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A Libyan spokesperson says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.

The spokespersn, Walid Urfi, told The Associated Press that Col. Salah al-Hewidi – who refused to leave his post as a security chief of Benghazi after being sacked – was wounded in the Wednesday explosion.

It was the second assassination attempt targeting security officials in one month.

Last month, a nominee to al-Hewidi’s post was wounded in another car bomb attack in the city.

The eastern-based government, headed by Abdullah al-Thinni, sacked al-Hewidi.

Al-Thinni answers to the internationally-recognised parliament seated in eastern Libya.

Another UN-backed government is seated in the capital Tripoli.

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