BENGHAZI, Libya: A police car exploded on Saturday during a failed assassination attempt on a police colonel in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan police official said.
The attack was the latest in a series of assassination attempts in Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising which ousted Moamer Qadhafi , and where US ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in a Sept 11 attack on the US consulate. Unknown suspects placed a home-made bomb under Colonel Mohammed Ben Haleem’s car which was parked outside his house, police spokesman Majed al-Obeidi said.
“The colonel turned his engine on to warm up the car, then stepped back into the house to retrieve something. That’s when the car exploded,” he told Reuters. Obeidi said the explosion in the central Benghazi neighbourhood of al-Hadayeq caused no injuries or deaths.
Ben Haleem was a police colonel under Qadhafi and resumed his post in the new government after the uprising. On August 10, gunmen shot dead Libyan army general Mohammed al-Fitori in Benghazi when he was leaving Friday prayers. The bullets were fired from a passing car.