The Islamic State announced on a publisher agency Telegram that one of its gunmen was the perpetrator of a car bombing near a security gate at the eastern entrance to the city of Sabha in southern Libya, killing a senior police officer.
The bombing – according to the director of Sabha security, Brigadier-General Sanusi Saleh – killed the head of the Criminal Investigation Department in Sabha and one of the officers working with him, and injured 4 others in the accident.
The organization stated that one of its gunmen, Muhammad al-Muhajir, stormed a checkpoint on Sunday with a car bomb.
For his part, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba said on Twitter, “We condemn the cowardly terrorist act that targeted a checkpoint of the Sebha Security Directorate,” adding that the war against “terrorism” continues, “and we will strike hard at all its hideouts, wherever they are . “
and its environs
Sebha – which is under the control of the forces of Major General Khalifa Haftar – is located deep in southern Libya, approximately 130 kilometers from Traghen, and it and neighboring cities have witnessed violence and bombings over the past years .
These cities were also subjected to US air strikes targeting several leaders and remnants of ISIS members that are active in the nearby desert areas .
Libya has been in chaos and violence for 10 years when a NATO-backed uprising toppled the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, but the two main warring parties agreed this year to a new government .
The appointment of a unified administration and a drive to hold general elections in December are the last hope in years for a lasting political solution, but the process remains fraught with challenges .
Most of the country’s regions are still under the control of local armed groups, and the major external powers have not withdrawn their fighters from the front lines , as well as the differences in key figures over the management of the country’s economic resources .
A ceasefire agreement was signed last October throughout Libya, under which a unified government headed by Dabaiba was formed, at the conclusion of a political process sponsored by the United Nations and approved by Parliament in March, and is scheduled to end with elections at the end of this year