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Convoy of Libyan general comes under fire, latest attack on former officials in east
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) ¯¯¯ 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 Gen. Khalifa Hifter came under attack 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 Col. Suleiman Bouzz-Redah was killed while on his way to a mosque in Benghazi. He left the regime of Moammar Gadhafi and joined the rebels who overthrew the longtime ruler in a civil war last year.