Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Gunmen attack election commission headquarters in Tripoli killing 15

Gunmen attack election commission headquarters in Tripoli killing 15

Suicide bombers linked to Islamic State killed at least 14 people in an attack on the headquarters of Libya's elections commission, striking a target central to planned polls meant to edge the country back toward stability.

Witnesses told Efe news that one suicide bombing took place during an attempt by an armed group to attack the building.

Libyan officials said 12 were killed, including at least two of the commission's guards.

Later in the day, Electoral commission spokesman Khaled Omar, who fled the offices with other staff as the attack unfolded said that security forces had engaged in a gun battle with the assailants as they tried to regain control of the building.

The security director suggested to Abdelwahed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be behind the attack.

A 2015 UN-backed deal to set up the unity Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli failed to end the turmoil, as divisions continue with a rival administration in the east.

The government in Tobruk, which is supported by self-proclaimed Libyan national army led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, refuses to recognize the Tripoli-based unity government led by Fayez al-Serraj.

Libya has been in a state of turmoil since a 2011 civil war resulted in the overthrow of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi by rebel fighters backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air strikes.

The quartet group which includes the Arab League, African Union, European Union and United Nations had called at their meeting last Sunday for parliamentarian and presidential elections before the end of this year.

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