Libyan officer survives bomb placed in his car

ESAM MOHAMED

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says an officer in charge of airport security in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an apparent assassination attempt using a bomb placed in his car.

The security official says Captain Salem Shabaan, one of several officers in charge of a group of special forces at the airport, was wounded in the Sunday blast. He said that the bomb appeared to have been attached to the brakes. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 Libyan uprising-turned-civil-war, has witnessed a surge in attacks on security officers, often involving car bombs or drive-by shootings by unidentified, masked assailants.