ISIS claims attack in Libya targeting LNA vehicle

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
2 min read

ISIS said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday, the militant group's first attack in the country for at least a year.

The blast targeted a security point at the entrance to Taraghin, 780 km (590 miles) south of Tripoli, but did not cause any casualties, a resident said.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

A local military commander, Abdesselam Shanqala, said the explosives were concealed in a vehicle belonging to the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and there were no casualties.

An LNA military source said ISIS was growing more active in the south after the arrest of one of its commanders.

The last attack in Libya that the terrorist group said it was responsible for took place in May last year on a pipeline in the south.

The group became active in Libya after the turmoil that followed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and it took control of the coastal city of Sirte in 2015 but lost it in late 2016 to local forces backed by US airstrikes.

Read more:

Libya coast guard detains 400 migrants bound for Europe: UN

Libya’s LNA captures 12 Syrian fighters in south of Tripoli: Statement

Top Content Trending