Militants attack Libyan election commission, 3 killed

Hugh Fox
May 4, 2018

The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the attack that targeted Libyan electoral commission in the capital, Tripoli, which left a number of people killed and injured.

Mr Omar said he saw the attackers, including two suicide bombers, storm the building and spotted bombers' body parts strewn on the ground.

Wednesday's attack was their deadliest attack since they were expelled from Sirte.

At least 12 people have died, a Libyan official told Reuters.

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It's still unclear who was behind the attack.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, quoted the city's director for security as saying two suicide bombers detonated their explosives as security forces confronted them.

Images shared on social media showed pillars of thick smoke rising from the site. "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Observers believe the group might carry out similar attacks to deter Libyans from holding elections.

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The commission recently registered almost 1 million new voters across the country.

Libya has been in a state of turmoil since the 2011 civil war that saw the ouster of longstanding ruler Moammar Gadhafi by rebel fighters backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation airstrikes.

Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi, and is now split between rival governments, each backed by an array of militias.

The bombing was also a reminder of the lingering dangers posed by the Islamic State more than a year after USA airstrikes and Libyan militias pushed the militants from their stronghold of Sirte, 230 miles east of Tripoli.

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The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said it was dealing with "the consequences of the cowardly suicide attack". United Nations special envoy Ghassan Salame said in February he was aiming for parliamentary and presidential elections in the North African country by the end of 2018, but warned conditions were not yet ready for polling.

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