The Italian consul general, Guido De Sanctis, was attacked in Benghazi on January 13.
His car was targeted by gunmen as he pulled out of the consulate. No one was injured, however, thanks to the heavy armor plating and bulletproof glass of his Mercedes G-Wagon 461.
As the former colonial power over Libya, Italy maintains a huge diplomatic presence there. The Italian consulate in Benghazi has been closed.