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Libya defense chief says deputy tried to kill him

TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya's defense minister is accusing his former deputy of trying to assassinate him in eastern Libya.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Defense Minister Mohammed al-Barghathi claimed Siddiq al-Ghaith was behind the attack on his convoy in the city of Tobruk. He says his former deputy carried out the attack because he recently was replaced with a new deputy.

The defense minister was in Tobruk near the Libyan-Egyptian border on Saturday for a ceremony where former rebels were handing security for an airport over to the military.

Conflicting reports emerged after the incident.

Defense spokesman Adel al-Baraathi told The Associated Press Saturday that the minister's convoy was caught in clashes between the former rebels and new airport security guards. Al-Ghaith told reporters that tribal clashes were to blame.

 

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