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Libyan general's convoy attacked

30 July 2012, 08:46

 Tripoli - A Libyan militia commander says a convoy carrying a top Libyan military commander has come under fire in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Abdel-Basit Haroun, a Benghazi militia commander, says that General Khalifa Hifter came under attack on Sunday by unknown assailants. He was not hurt. The interim ruling council assigned him to form a national army.

Benghazi and the eastern region of Libya have seen a surge in assassination attempts against former military and security officials. Haroun says 13 were killed over the past month.

On Saturday night, former military intelligence chief Colonel Suleiman Bouzz-Redah was killed while on his way to a mosque in Benghazi. He left the regime of Muammar Gaddafi and joined the rebels who overthrew the long-time ruler in a civil war last year.

- AP

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