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House of new Libyan premier attacked; 1 assailant killed, another arrested

A government official says the Libyan premier, who was recently approved in a contested parliamentary vote, was unharmed in an attack on his home that set off a gunbattle with guards.

The official says four attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades early Tuesday at the house of Ahmed Maiteg, sparking clashes with security guards. One of the assailants was killed and another was arrested while the rest fled, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

Maiteg was named premier in a vote deemed illegitimate by non-Islamist lawmakers.

The appointment escalated a political crisis pitting Islamists against forces loyal to a renegade general who has vowed to restore order three years after the revolt that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.