Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dibeibah has been shot dead by gunmen. However, he is unharmed. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station. A source close to Prime Minister Abdul Hamid was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dibeibah’s convoy as he was returning home, according to the report. The source described it as a “clearly planned assassination”. The assailants fled after the gun attack and an investigation has been launched.
The report added that they had not received any photos or video footage of the attack, nor did they have any footage of the aftermath of the attack. They also failed to speak to anyone who witnessed the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dibeibah.
Libya’s influential Interior Minister Fatih Bashaga was assassinated in February last year. Although at that time he survived for a while.
The country was torn apart by the 2011 Arab Spring protests and the civil war that toppled and killed Libya’s longtime dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.
The UN-recognized Libyan government controls the western part of the country, including the capital, Tripoli. On the other hand, the forces of the rebel General Khalifa Haftar, backed by Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, occupied the eastern part of the country, centered on Benghazi.