Car bomb hits Eastern Libyan military chief’s convoy


A car bomb hit the convoy of the chief of staff of the eastern Libyan military outside Benghazi, killing one and wounding at least two other people, though he survived, security and military officials said.

Abdel-Razeq Nathouri was travelling from Benghazi to his base in al-Marj when his convoy was hit some 20 km outside Benghazi.

Nathouri, in a video which his office said was recorded after he returned to base, said a plot to assassinate him failed.

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

No further details have been provided on the treatment of Haftar, whose forces control much of eastern Libya — home to some of the country’s biggest oilfields.

Haftar, a possible contender in national elections, has built his reputation on delivering stability in Benghazi and beyond, promising to halt the anarchy that ensued after a NATO-backed uprising ended Muammar Gaddafi’s long rule nearly seven years ago.

Haftar launched his military campaign in Benghazi in May 2014 in response to bombings and assassinations blamed on Islamist militants. He declared victory in July but bombings hit two mosques this year in the port city.