Libya: 12 dead and 7 wounded in ISIS suicide bombing in Tripoli
In Tripoli, an attack on Wednesday morning, May 2, at the Libyan High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), killed twelve people and seven injuries according to AFP.
At least two suicide bombers attacked the building and blew themselves up at the belts. Exchanges of fire have also taken place with the police. The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
The two suicide bombers managed to enter the compound of the building of the High Libyan Electoral Commission (HNEC) in Tripoli on Wednesday morning, May 2, and blew themselves up among the employees, leaving 12 dead and seven wounded according to the latest report. available. The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for this deadly attack via its propaganda organ Amaq.
Exchanges of fire took place between the barricaded attackers inside the building and then the security forces. Some of the staff was able to leave the building.
Images and videos broadcast on social networks show the exchange of fire. Other photos show a thick smoke coming out of the building and the rest of the body of one of the kamikazes in pieces.
The HNEC, one of the few credible institutions
For now, there is no information on the identity of the attackers, but body shreds suggest that they are people of sub-Saharan origin.
Several Libyan parties refuse elections including Islamists and Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the east of the country. The commission is working on voter lists for new elections, which the United Nations hopes will take place by the end of the year.
HNEC is attacked for the first time. Considered as one of the few credible and independent institutions, it had organized the first two legislative elections in 2012 and 2014, reinstating this exercise after 42 years of prohibition under the dictatorship.
It has already completed the voter registration process for new elections, the date of which has not yet been set.