Islamic Militants Attack Libyan Election Committee
Islamic Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Tripoli
An Islamic suicide bomber and other militants have attacked Libya’s election commission in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday, May 2, killing at least six people, according to a statement by the Libyan Health Ministry.
The suicide bomber blew himself up inside the building and other militants set fire to it, Health Ministry spokeswoman Wedad Abu Niran told Associated Press. Videos posted on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the building.
The ministry said in a statement that six people were killed and another four were wounded. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. One possible suspect is the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Islamic extremists are opposed to democratic elections and have targeted them in other countries.
Earlier this week, the international Quartet trying to help bring order to Libya said it supports holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year, and will provide observers and electoral assistance to ensure the voting is free and fair. In a joint statement following a meeting in Cairo on Monday, the European Union, the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations said Libyans must commit in advance to respect and abide by the results and avoid violence or intimidation.
Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi, and is now split between rival governments, each backed by an array of violent militias. A U.N.-backed government is based in Tripoli.