Libyan Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt: Sources

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah escaped an alleged assassination attempt after unknown assailants opened fire on his vehicle on Thursday morning.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack while the unidentified persons who shot at Dbeibah’s vehicle in the capital Tripoli managed to escape the scene. 

Al Arabiya quoted a source, which sought anonymity, that Dbeibah had been returning home when shots were fired from another vehicle that fled. The official also said that the case has been referred to the prosecutor general for investigation.

The assassination attempt was reported when the country’s eastern parliament and Dbeibah’s Government of National Unity (GNU) are squabbling for taking control over the country.

Dbeibah was elected in March as head of the UN-backed GNU with the sole aim to oversee the run-up to an election in December which has been postponed to an unknown time.

Libya has been plagued with instability since a 2011 uprising against former leader Moammar Gadhafi, and since then the country has been divided between warring factions in the east and west.

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