ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a checkpoint in a key Libyan oil region, that killed six people, including a baby.

The terrorist organization’s Libyan branch released a statement saying that Thursday’s attack in Ras Lanouf, east of the ISIL-held coastal town of Sirte, was carried out by a foreign fighter using an explosive-ridden car.

Another suicide bomber on Thursday attacked a police training school in Zliten, west of Tripoli, killing more than 50 people.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack.

ISIL has been growing rapidly inside Libya, feeding on the chaos that has gripped the country since the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time president Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi .

On Monday, ISIL launched an offensive against the oil terminals in Ras Lanouf and nearby Al-Sidra after trying for weeks to push east from Sirte.

World powers fear Libya could descend further into chaos and become an ISIL stronghold on Europe’s doorstep.
Source: AFP

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