There are reports of an assassination attempt on Libya’s prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni, who said that he had escaped an attack on his life after his car was attacked by militants in the city of Tobruk.
He told Al-Arabiya TV chnnel, “Thank God, we managed to escape.” Eye witnesses say that bullets were fired at his car soon after he left the parliament.
Other reports quoting al-Thinni’s spokesperson said that one of his bodyguards was wounded in this attack.
Security situation has sharply deteriorated in Libya since the fall of its former ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The various armed groups, known as militia, which fought against Libya’s long-time leader have refused to disarm since then.
Armed militia had attacked the American diplomatic compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi on the eve of September 11, 2012 killing the US ambassador Christopher Stevens along with other officer Sean Smith.
In 2014, following the demands from the militants, who had taken control of the capital Tripoli, Al-Thinni had to briefly resign.