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Gunmen Open Fire on Italian Consul in Libya’s Eastern Benghazi

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the Italian consul’s convoy in the eastern city of Benghazi, in the latest attack on foreign diplomats, a government official said.

The attack yesterday came as Libya’s prime minister met with his Algerian and Tunisian counterparts to discuss border security amid concerns that armed groups and weapons are moving freely through their shared borders.

The Italian diplomat, who was riding in an armored car, escaped uninjured, Guma Meshery, an official with the Interior Ministry, said by phone late yesterday.

The attack took place in Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising that led to Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster and killing in 2011, and came four months after the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed during an attack in the same city.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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