Libya naval chief survives assassination bid

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The head of the Libyan navy on Wednesday survived an assassination attempt in capital Tripoli.

The head of the Libyan navy on Wednesday survived an assassination attempt in capital Tripoli.

TRIPOLI – The head of the Libyan navy on Wednesday survived an assassination attempt in capital Tripoli.

Rear Admiral Hassan Abu Shnak, his driver and two bodyguards were lightly injured when unidentified gunmen attacked their convoy, naval spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Libya's official news agency.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Fears have mounted that Libya is slipping towards civil war after renegade army general Khalifa Haftar took up arms against militia groups serving as part of Libya's regular army.

Dubbing his campaign "Operation Dignity," Haftar says it is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."

The Libyan government, for its part, has described Haftar's operation as a "coup" against electoral "legitimacy."

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