The Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has arrested two persons responsible for the attempt to murder the former chief of Tripoli security department.

The SDF said Wednesday that the criminals who opened fire on Salah Samouie had been placed in custody, naming them as Ayman Zaidan and Ayman Abu Kharis.

"The two persons have confessed to the murder attempt. The motives have been criminal only." indicating that there are no terrorist or political motives.

It explained that Al-Samouie's car was found at Taher Mosque's backyard in Al-Hadba area in Tripoli, adding that the two gunmen had parked it there.

"All those who have suffered a robbery during the time of the murder attempt of the former security chief should contact us." The SDF remarked.

Al-Samouie - now receiving treatment in Italy - was shot in front of his house in Salah Eddine area last Sunday and offered serious injuries.