Libya: Interior Minister survives assassination attempt in Tripoli
Libya's interior minister was able to escape unharmed from an assassination attempt in Tripoli on Wednesday, Libya's national news agency reported.
Seddik Abdelkarim, who also serves as deputy prime minister, was travelling in his car on his way to parliament when "unknown gunmen fired a barrage of bullets" at the vehicle, LANA newsagency said, according to Agence France Presse.
LANA also added that no one had been killed or was injured in the attack, AFP said.
Since the ousting of long-ruling dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 via NATO-backed uprising, Libya has struggled against widespread unrest and a resurgence of militancy. The revolution left Libya overrun with weapons looted from Gaddafi's arms arsenals, which has further complicated the government's attempt to control the former rebels who now exert control over much of the country.
According to AFP, Wednesday's attack was confirmed by Al Bahlul Al Sid, the head of the minister's office, who did not provide further details.
Abdelkarim's attempted assassination comes less than three weeks after deputy industry minister Hassan Al Droui was shot in Sirte - Gaddafi's hometown - on January 12.
According to AFP, Libya has seen daily attacks on state security forces, particularly in and around the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolt.