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Coach of Libyan football club survives shooting

October 13, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A spokesman for Libya’s biggest football club says the team’s Egyptian coach has escaped unhurt after being targeted in a shooting in the capital, Tripoli.

The spokesman, Mohammed Balta, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Al-Ahly club’s coach Hossam el-Badry was driving home Saturday when three men in another car opened fire on him.

The late night drive-by shooting came just hours after Al-Ahly drew 1-1 in a league game against a team from Misrata, Libya’s third largest city. There was no motive immediately known for the attack.

Libya has been in turmoil since the end of an eight-month civil war that ousted and killed longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Most recently, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was briefly kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli.

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