Security and countering violence


The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility on Monday for a car bomb attack carried out on Sunday evening in the town of Sebha, 750 km south of the capital Tripoli.


The attack, which targeted a checkpoint in Sebha, killed two security guards and injured five others. Announcing a death toll of four, the statement, issued by the propaganda agency Amaq, said the attack was carried out by one of the “knights” of ISIS in a “checkpoint of the militia” of Khalifa Haftar, strongman of eastern Libya and head of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).


This attack comes a few months after the appointment of a new head of government in Libya, charged with reunifying the country and preparing for crucial legislative and presidential elections scheduled for next December.


Abdulhamid Dbeibah, head of the Libyan transitional government, condemned this “cowardly terrorist act” and offered his condolences to the families of the two “martyrs.”