Eastern Libyan army chief survives assassination attempt

A car bomb hit a convoy transporting the chief of staff of the eastern Libyan military, killing one and wounding at least two people, security and military officials said.

General Abdarrazzaq al-Nathuri was travelling from Benghazi to his base in al-Marj, a small eastern town, when the convoy hit him some 20 km outside Benghazi.

“A car carrying a bomb was parked on roadside in the eastern entrance of the city of Benghazi, in the Sidi Khalifa district. It exploded as soon as his convoy passed by,” the army’s information office said in a statement.

The explosion occurred at around 3:40 PM local time.

The statement called upon everyone to cooperate with security agencies in a bid to enhance security.

Nathouri is chief of staff to forces run by Khalifa Haftar, who has been receiving medical treatment in Paris.