Head of Libya's parliament survives assassination attempt

By REUTERS
January 6, 2013 17:09

 
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TRIPOLI - The head of Libya's parliament survived an assassination attempt unharmed at his home in the remote desert interior of the country, his spokesman said on Sunday.

Mohamed al-Magariaf's residence in Sabha, 800 km (500 miles) south of the capital Tripoli, came under gunfire on Thursday evening.

"(He) was unharmed and escaped the attack but three of his guards were injured," spokesman Rasmy Burwein said.

Magariaf was in Sabha for meetings with local officials and community leaders after Tripoli declared the region a closed military zone to try to curb rampant lawlessness.

Sabha and the rest of the Saharan south has been plagued by tribal violence since the start of the armed uprising in 2011 that ousted and killed veteran dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

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