Two policemen killed in Islamic State car bomb attack in southern Libya

The jihadist group Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday for a car bomb attack that took place in southern Libya on Sunday and in which two police officers were killed, according to the news portal Libya Review.

The attack took place on Sunday afternoon against a checkpoint in the city of Sebha and resulted in the death of a commander of the criminal police without his identity being disclosed for the time being, according to the Libyan chain Al Ahrarhr.

In a message circulated through its propaganda channels in Telegram, the Islamic State highlighted that one of its militia officers had arrived at the checkpoint aboard a vehicle laden with explosives, which, according to the German news agency DPA, it blew up.

Two policemen killed in Islamic State car bomb attack in southern Libya
Two policemen killed in Islamic State car bomb attack in southern Libya

The jihadist group maintains sleeper cells in Libya, especially in the south of the country, and has carried out several attacks in recent months. The US carried out several bombings against the Islamic State on Libyan territory in 2019, the last time in September.

The African country has had a unity government since March after a process of talks to unite the opposing governments after the internationally recognized authorities based in Tripoli fended off the offensive launched by General Jalifa Haftar in 2019 last year.

One of the main objectives of the new executive is to organize the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for December 24th, through which the country hopes to overcome the institutional crisis that began in 2014 and the instability suffered since the arrest and execution in 2011 Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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