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Libya PM's convoy comes under fire in assassination attempt

Fayez al-Sarraj's fragile GNA has struggled to impose its authority, particularly in eastern Libya where a rival administration holds sway
Sarraj at a Presidential Council of the GNA (AFP)

A convoy carrying top officials from Libya's unity government, including the prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj, came under heavy gunfire on Monday in Tripoli in an attempted assassination, the administration said.

"The convoy of GNA (Government of National Accord) chief Fayez al-Sarraj came under fire as it passed near the Abu Slim sector of Tripoli," said spokesman Ashraf al-Thulthi.

"All the cars were armour-plated, and there were no injuries," he told AFP, adding an investigation was under way to identify the attackers.

Mohamed Salem, a spokesman for the supreme state council, said its head, Abdel Rahman al-Swehli, was also in the convoy as well as presidential guards chief, Najmi al-Nakou.

The convoy came under "intensive gunfire" in eastern Tripoli and two guards were wounded, according to Salem.

Libya has been submerged in chaos since the fall and slaying of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed 2011 armed uprising.

Sarraj's fragile GNA, formed under a UN-backed deal signed in late 2015, has struggled to impose its authority, particularly in eastern Libya where a rival administration holds sway.

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