In Libya, militants attacked the office of the electoral Commission, 12 dead

04 May, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • AFP IS suicide attack on Libya election commission kills 12

An armed group has stormed the head office of Libya's election commission, killing at least 12 people including employees.

The BBC reports Wednesday's attack was the deadliest the country has seen in years.

Fifteen people were killed in a suicide attack on Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC) yesterday.

Although it is not yet clear who carried out the attack, the target appears to crystallise a political message on the future of the country and attempts to move forward.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, quoted the city's director for security as saying two suicide bombers detonated their explosives as security forces confronted them.

Voters have been registering for elections expected before the end of the year.

Images shared on social media showed pillars of thick smoke rising from the site.

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The Government of National Accord that operates in the country's west, including the Libyan capital of Tripoli, has already declared three-day mourning over the attack.

The headquarters was evacuated while security forces pursued the attackers through the streets, Electoral Commission spokesperson Khaled Omar said.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), for its part, condemned what it described as a "terrorist attack".

Reuters reported that Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.

The commission recently registered almost 1 million new voters across Libya, though no date has been set for polls.

Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

The last parliamentary elections in 2014 led to rival governments being set up in Tripoli and the east, backed by competing armed alliances.

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