Published: Wed, December 26, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Militants attack Libyan Foreign Ministry

Militants attack Libyan Foreign Ministry

A vehicle bomb exploded in front of the ministry, after which "three or four assailants" entered, the source told AFP from the scene.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, say at least seven other people were wounded in Tuesday's attack.

Interior Minister Fathi Ali Bashagha said however that apart from the attackers only two people were killed, adding that investigations were continuing into the identity of the assailants.

Witnesses reported seeing plumes of smoke rising from the building. The country is split between rival governments, each backed by a variety of local militias.

Since then, some jihadists have returned to the desert in an attempt to regroup and reorganize.

The foreign minister said the United Nations should lift an arms embargo it has imposed on Libya since the 2011 uprising.

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The head of the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) denounced the "cowardly terrorist attack" in a statement.

"We will work with the Libyan people to prevent terrorist groups from turning Libya into a haven or an arena for their crimes".

The three attackers were suspected to be Islamic State militants, the security source, who requested not to be named, told Reuters.

They identified the militia leader killed in the attack as Abdul-Rahman Mazoughi of the Revolutionary Brigade.

Four months earlier, it claimed an attack on the electoral commission's headquarters that killed 14 people. Its rival administration is centered on the eastern city of Tobruk.

But instability, territorial disputes and divisions have delayed plans for elections.

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