Deputy Minister of Interior of Presidential Council, Faraj Egaim, escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb hit his convoy in Benghazi on Sunday.

Local media outlets said that Egaim was slightly wounded in the blast, which took place in Sidi Khalifa district.

Sources indicated that Egaim was targeted because he has already opened a probe into Abyar massacre in which 37 people were brutally killed.

There were no official reports of casualties, but Egaim’s official Facebook page said there were some people killed and others wounded.

Later, a video surfaced on social media showing Faraj Egaim well and sound escorted by his angry supporters, many are armed, in one of the security locations.  

Faraj Egaim is from Awaqir tribe, which is at odds with renegade General Khalifa Haftar, the top commander of Dignity Operation.

In June 2016, Egaim accused Dignity Operation groups of being behind assassinations in Benghazi.

In July 2016, Defense Minister of Presidential Council Al-Mihdi Al-Baraghati escaped an assassination attempt when a car bomb targeted his motorcade in Benghazi.

Awaqir tribe leader, Braik Al-Lwati, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Suluq town in May 2017.

In September 2017, a car bomb exploded outside a security building for Faraj Egaim.