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Libya interior minister escapes assassination

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:56PM GMT

Libya's Interior Minister Seddik Abdelkarim has escaped an assassination attempt in the capital Tripoli, reports say.

Abdelkarim, who is also deputy prime minister, was heading to a meeting of the interim parliament on Wednesday when "unknown gunmen fired a barrage of bullets" at the vehicle, LANA said citing an unnamed security official.

The minister escaped unharmed and the assailants fled from the site.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

The assassination attempt against Abdelkarim came just weeks after Libya's deputy industry minister, Hassan al-Droui, was shot dead on January 11, by unidentified armed men while visiting his hometown of Sirte, a Mediterranean city.

On January 3, the President of Libya's national assembly, Mohammed Megaryef survived an assault on his hotel in the southern oasis of Sabha.

Libya has been plagued by violence, including a string of assassinations targeting top army and security officials, since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in October 2011.

The North African country has been struggling to assert itself over up to 1,700 different armed militias, each with their own goals.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's government, weakened by political infighting and fragile state security forces, has been trying to establish law and order but to no avail.

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