Libya's Interior Minister escape assassination

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Updated: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:15:14 EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's state news agency says that the country's Interior Minister escaped an assassination attempt in Tripoli.

LANA said that Al-Sadik Abdel-Karim was heading to a meeting of the interim parliament on Wednesday when he came under fire from unidentified gunmen. The car was damaged but he survived, the agency said.

There were no further details.

Assassinations and bombings targeting security officials, journalists and others have been regular occurrences in Libya in the two years since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

In the absence of a strong police and military, the government relies on militias that include many anti-Gadhafi rebels. But many of those militias resist the government's authority, and are blamed for attacks, human rights abuses, and contributing to the general lawlessness.

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