October 13, 2013 1:22 pm
Updated: October 13, 2013 1:26 pm

Egyptian coach of Libya’s largest football club survives shooting apparently targeting him

Al Ahly's manager Hossam El-Badry reacts as he watches his team play against Barcelona during their Wembley Cup soccer match at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, July 26, 2009.

AP Photo/Sang Tan

TRIPOLI, Libya – 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.

© 2013 The Associated Press

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