According to his entourage, Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bachagha escaped an assassination attempt on February 21 on the highway near the capital Tripoli.
The convoy of Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bachagha was the target of bullets fired from an armored car on February 21 on the highway, a dozen kilometers from Tripoli, according to the entourage of this member of the government quoted by AFP. “The police escort following the minister fought back. Two of the attackers were arrested, the third is in hospital. The minister is fine, ”according to the same source.
Fathi Bachagha was returning from a routine visit to the headquarters of a new security unit that comes under his ministry, according to the same source.
He was appointed in 2018 Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), based in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, but not by the Libyan National Army (ANL) of Marshal Haftar, the strong man from eastern Libya.
Fathi Bachagha, 58, has made the fight against corruption his hobbyhorse and was strongly tipped to take the post of interim prime minister, finally returned in early February to Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, as part of a process sponsored by the UN.
Ten years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya is still undermined by power struggles, divided between two rival authorities, against a backdrop of foreign implications.