A statement on the Ministry of Education's official page on Facebook explained the horrific ordeal that struck the convoy of the Minister of Education of the UN-proposed government earlier on Monday.

The convoy of Minister Othman Abdul-Jaleel was subjected to heavy fire at the Checkpoint 17, which is situated at southern entrance to the city of Sabha when the minister was en route to the city of Murzuq.

The attackers were said to have attempted to detain the minister and his deputy, but their guards managed to extract them from the danger zone. Other members of the minister’s entourage were detained for about an hour until local elders intervened and helped secure the release of the detained group.

The minister and his team continued their journey to Murzuq after the ordeal.

Five Presidential Council ministers embarked in a tour to south Libya early this week to attend a ceremony to mark the handover of Sabha's Civil Airport to the Security Directorate of Sabha, in addition to other visits to government institutions.