By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 27 May 2015:
The deputy minister of water resources in the Tripoli-based “government”, Ahmed Ali Deeb, was wounded . . .[restrict]in an assassination attempt this morning, Wednesday, according to the pro-Libya Dawn bureau of the Libyan news agency LANA in Tripoli. He was on his way from his hometown Gharyan to the ministry building in the capital when his car was attacked by an armed gang. One of his bodyguards was seriously injured in the assault which took place near Suq Al-Khamees, some 20 kilometres south of Tripoli International Airport.
“Four armed men in a Hyundai Santa Fe sprayed the car in which the deputy minister was travelling with a hail of bullets.” LANA quoted one of Deeb’s bodyguards, Hussam Abu Kanisha, as saying. “They were met with the bodyguards’ gunfire, which wounded two of attackers. They fled, leaving their weapons behind.”.
Al-Deeb was shot in the thigh and legs and taken to Tripoli Central Hospital. The guard, named as Bahlul Igademish, who was hit in the abdomen and thigh, was taken for emergency surgery at the hospital in nearby Esbieh.
An investigation is now underway into the attack which is assumed to be political.
Gharyan is allied to Libya Dawn. [/restrict]