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Gunmen Ambush Convoy Of Interior Minister Of Turkish-backed Libyan Government

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Gunmen Ambush Convoy Of Interior Minister Of Turkish-backed Libyan Government

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On February 21, gunmen ambushed a convoy of the interior minister of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

According to reports, heavily armed gunmen opened fire at Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade on a highway, killing one and injuring another person. After a brief firefight with guard of the minister, gunmen withdrew. Pro-GNA sources claim that at least two gunmen were arrested following the incident.

On February 21, gunmen ambushed a convoy of the interior minister of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

According to reports, heavily armed gunmen opened fire at Fathi Bashagha’s motorcade on a highway, killing one and injuring another person. After a brief firefight with guard of the minister, gunmen withdrew.

The minister received no injures.

Pro-GNA sources claim that at least two gunmen were arrested following the incident.

Media reports say that the attack took place when Bashagha was returning after meeting with Mustafa Sanalla, the head of the National Oil Corporation.

Bashagha represents the interests of the eastern city of Misrata in the GNA. Misrata, which became a de-facto city-state after the collapse of the Libyan statehood, has own forces and played an important role in the defense of Tripoli from the advance of the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Therefore, the assassination attempt was likely a part of the neverending struggle for power within the GNA and attempt of various factions within the group to establish control over the oil export business.

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