Libya’s military said December 11 that ex-rebels have tried for a second time to assassinate the country’s new army commander, as the two groups clashed near the capital’s airport. The rebels denied the claim.
Fighters from the western mountain town of Zintan opened fire on two occasions on Saturday on the convoy of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the newly rebuilt army. He said guard was killed and four others wounded in the second attack.
The spokesman said the Zintan fighters mistakenly believed that the army was coming to attack them at the airport, which they have occupied shortly after revolutionaries captured the capital from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in August.
“Zintan rebels opened fire on the convoy from left, right and front … They think that the army wants to take over the airport but this is not the case,” he said.