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Libyan Newswire

GUNMEN ATTACK UN CONVOY IN LIBYA

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says one of its convoys has been attacked by unknown gunmen near Zawiyah city, located some 50 km west of the capital Tripoli.

"The UNSMIL confirms that a UN convoy was hit when travelling between Surman and Tripoli. The mission has made contact with the staff travelling in the convoy. There are no reports of casualties among UN staff," UNSMIL said in a statement here Wednesday.

The UNSMIL also thanked Libya's Government of National Accord, House of Representative Members from Zawiyah and local authorities for their help in ensuring the safety of the UN staff and said it was looking forward to their safe return to Tripoli.

Diplomatic missions in Libya have been repeatedly targeted since the country's 2011 uprising which toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime. In 2014, most diplomatic missions and foreign companies fled Libya because of escalating violence and chaos.

A militant group called Ansar Al-Sharia, linked to the Al-Qaeda Islamist militants, attacked the United States Consulate in Benghazi on Sept 11, 2012, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other of US officials.

Source: NAM News Network

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