Libyan Prime Minister survives assassination attempt

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni survived an assassination attempt Tuesday, according to Libyan state media.

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  • Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni is unharmed, officials say
  • A member of his security detail is slightly injured after jumping out of the car during the attack

(CNN)Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the eastern city of Tobruk, according to the country's official news agency.

Five unmarked cars intercepted the Premier's convoy, and a gunman inside one of the vehicles opened fire on the leader's car, according to Libya's interim government spokesman Hatem Al Oraibi as quoted by LANA, the official news agency of Libya's internationally-recognized government.
    Al-Thinni was not harmed in the assassination attempt, although one of his security detail was slightly injured after jumping out of the car during the attack, Al Oraibi said, according to LANA.
    Al-Thinni heads Libya's interim government that's recognized by the international community.
    That government is based in the eastern city of Bayda after it fled Tripoli last summer.
    Al-Thinni was in Tobruk where the internationally recognized Parliament is based and was attending a session for government questioning.
    Earlier Tuesday, al-Thinni and members of his cabinet left the Parliament session after gunfire was heard outside and there was a report that armed protesters were planning to storm the building, the interim government said in a statement.
    Libya has two governments and two parliaments, with one based in the east and the other self- proclaimed one based in the west in Tripoli.
    The North African nation has been the scene of chaos and fighting between the various groups and militias following the 2011 revolution and NATO intervention that overthrew the regime of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed after being captured by rebels in October 2011.