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At least two killed in blast claimed by ISIS targeting checkpoint in southern Libya

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A blast struck a checkpoint in the southern Libyan city of Sebha on Sunday, killing at least two people including a senior police officer, city officials and medics said.

A security source in Sebha said the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated a car bomb at the checkpoint. The police were not immediately available for comment. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via the Nasheer news agency on messaging app Telegram.

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Sebha is located in the deep south of Libya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Taraghin, where ISIS terrorist organization carried out a bomb attack last year that caused no casualties.

Libya has suffered a decade of chaos and violence since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising ousted then President Muammar Ghaddafi, but its two main warring sides this year consented to a new government.

But while the installation of a unified administration and a push for national elections in December are seen as the best hope in years for a lasting political solution, the process is still fraught with challenges.

Most territory is still controlled by local armed groups, major outside powers have not pulled foreign fighters from the front lines, and key figures disagree on the management of Libya’s economic resources.

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