A Libyan army colonel has escaped an assassination attempt after he discovered an improvised explosive device planted under his car in the volatile city of Benghazi.
Security spokesman, Colonel Abdallah al-Zayedi, said on Tuesday that
Colonel Jelal al-Arafi found the bomb and quickly got off the vehicle before the explosive device went off.
“He was injured in the foot and underwent surgery at a hospital in Benghazi,” Zayedi said, adding that this was an “attempted assassination.”
On Monday, director of Benghazi office for the privately-owned Libya al-Ahrar television channel narrowly survived an assassination attempt after unidentified gunmen opened fire on her.
Khadija al-Ammami came under a hail of bullets when she was in her car on the way to her office.
She later received telephone threats that she would not be missed next time.
The attack came three days after unknown gunmen shot dead a Libyan doctor, who hosted a television program on human development, in Benghazi.
Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya al-Hurra television, came under attack when he was sitting in his parked car near a blood bank in the Sidi Hussein district of the city.
Journalists in Benghazi said Koussos’s program had no political connotations.
Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, was the birthplace of the 2011 revolution. It is largely governed by militias in the absence of unified Libyan security and military forces.
The former rebels refuse to lay down their arms, despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.
Benghazi has been the scene of numerous attacks and political assassinations over the past year as the power struggles between militiamen have intensified.