The Chief of Staff for the east Libyan self-styled army, Abdelrazik Al-Nathori, has escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb exploded while his convoy passed through Sidi Khalifa checkpoint in eastern Benghazi.

According to local sources, Al-Nathori survived the assassination attempt, while one civilian of Syrian nationality died and three others were injured.

Photos circulated for the explosion on social media showed a burning car along with material damage to the explosion location.

Other photos on social media for people loyal to Al-Nathori showed him in good health conditions.

Al-Nathori’s name has been dragged into the efforts to replace the commander of the self-styled army in Libya, Khalifa Haftar, with sources reporting that the UAE and Egypt both disagreed to have Al-Nathori in replacement of Haftar.