The prime minister of Libya narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when gunmen shot at his car early on Thursday morning.
Abdulhamid Dbeibah’s car was struck with bullets as he was returning home in what has been described by sources close to the prime minister as a clear assassination attempt.
The Libyan leader was unharmed in the attack and his assailants fled the scene moments after firing their weapons.
The incident comes amid escalating conflicts in Libya’s parliament. Dbeibah said previously that he will ignore a vote set to take place in parliament later on Thursday to replace him.
Dbeibah was installed as the prime minister last March and said this week that he will only give up power after an election.
After Libya’s parliament declared Dbeibah’s party, the GNU, as invalid, he also said that he won’t step down until western nations and the UN’s Libya advisor recognise its legitimacy.