Middle East

Rocket hits Libya government head office

New Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Miitig sits at his office on June 4, 2014 in Tripoli. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA

TRIPOLI: A rocket hit the Libyan government's head offices, where new Prime Minister Ahmed Miitig was to hold a cabinet meeting, causing damage but no casualties, an official said Wednesday.

The projectile struck the third floor of the building near central Tripoli overnight, and an aide told reporters that Miitig was not in his office at the time.

Despite the attack, Miitig travelled to his offices on Wednesday to hold a meeting with his ministers, an AFP journalist said.

Miitig, an independent backed by Islamists, had convened his first cabinet meeting on Monday despite the objections of outgoing premier Abdullah al-Thani, who refused to recognise his government.

Thani said he would wait for the judiciary to decide whether to hand over power, citing appeals lodged by lawmakers over Miitig's election in early May in a chaotic vote at Libya's interim parliament.

State buildings in Libya are regularly targeted by rival militias. The central government in Tripoli has struggled to impose its authority since the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi by a popular uprising in 2011.

Groups of former rebels who fought the Kadhafi regime have refused to surrender their weapons and still control swathes of territory across the North African nation.





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