Salafist Cleric al-Rafehi Escapes Apparent Assassination Bid in Tripoli

Salafist cleric Sheikh Salem al-Rafehi on Monday escaped unharmed from an apparent assassination attempt in the northern city of Tripoli, state-run National News Agency reported.

“An unidentified attacker fired a gunshot towards Sheikh Salem al-Rafehi as he was leaving al-Taqwa Mosque, but the bullet missed him and he is in good health,” LBCI television reported.

NNA said the bullet struck the mosque's door while LBCI said the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau extracted the gunshot and launched an investigation.

The TV network said a meeting was underway at MP Mohammed Kabbara's residence and that the conferees would call on supporters not to be “dragged into strife.”

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