Tunisia Condemns Attack On Headquarters of High National Elections Commission in Libya

Suicide bombers attacked Libya's elections commission in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday

Suicide bombers attacked Libya's elections commission in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday

This attack is the deadliest and most elaborate of its kind in Tripoli in at least three years.

At least 12 people have died, a Libyan official told Reuters.

The ministry strongly condemned the terrorist attack, expressing its wish for God's mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded, and conveyed condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

"A suicide bomber blew up himself inside the commission and the others set a part of the building on fire", Omar said.

It may not come as a surprise, given Libya's precarious security conditions, but it will still have sent shockwaves around Tripoli because of the target and its reported victims, which included election commission employees.

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

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

A few hours after the attack, the Islamic State claimed responsibility in a statement posted on Amaq, the militant group's news agency.

The commission, which has registered almost 1 million new voters across Libya, said the database wasn't damaged.

Libya has been gripped by violence since dictator Moammar Gaddafi was toppled in the populist Arab Spring revolts in 2011.

"We stand with all Libyans in the fight against terrorism and remain committed to working with the Government of National Accord to deny ISIS any safe haven in their country", the State Department said". United Nations special envoy Ghassan Salame said in February he was aiming for parliamentary and presidential elections in the North African country by the end of 2018, but warned conditions were not yet ready for polling.

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