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Libya defence chief says deputy tried to kill him

By AP - Jan 20,2013 - Last updated at Jan 20,2013

TRIPOLI — Libya’s defence minister is accusing his former deputy of trying to assassinate him in eastern Libya.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Defence Minister Mohammed Al Barghathi claimed Siddiq Al Ghaith was behind the attack on his convoy in the city of Tobruk. He says his former deputy carried out the attack because he recently was replaced with a new deputy.

The defense minister was in Tobruk near the Libyan-Egyptian border on Saturday for a ceremony where former rebels were handing security for an airport over to the military.

Conflicting reports emerged after the incident.

Defence spokesman Adel Al Baraathi told the Associated Press Saturday that the minister’s convoy was caught in clashes between the former rebels and new airport security guards. Ghaith told reporters that tribal clashes were to blame.

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