Libyan defence minister survives attack   2013-01-20 02:18:30            

TRIPOLI, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Libyan Defence Minister Mohammed al-Berghathi survived unharmed an attack in Tobruk city on Saturday, a senior defence official told Xinhua.

The defence minister was leaving the airbase of Tobruk, some 400 km east of Benghazi, when rebels exchanged fire with soldiers and the minister's bodyguards, according to Khaled al-Shareef, undersecretary of the defence ministry.

Awad al-Barrasi, the first deputy of the prime minister, denied that the shooting had targeted al-Berghathi, the state TV reported.

Al-Shareef said that al-Berghathi was meeting at the airbase with military officials and security units to discuss how to strengthen the army, provide the army with modern technology and overcome their shortcomings.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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