Qatar condemns attack targeting Libyan electoral commission

Libyan militants kill election officials in storming of Tripoli election office

Libyan militants kill election officials in storming of Tripoli election office

A large plume of smoke was visible in the city centre.

The statement considered the attack on the electoral commission a refused criminal act that undermines the worldwide efforts aimed at achieving a political solution and restoring security and stability to Libya. There were no details available on the fate of the assailants.

He also said that the "terrorist attack" will never get in the way of holding elections in Libya to end the transitional phase and the crisis of the country.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Amaq, its news agency.

The United Nations and various envoys to Libya have praised recent efforts to register millions of Libyan voters, underlining how the move constitutes progress despite the country's myriad troubles and overarching lack of security amid militia impunity and general lawlessness.

According to the official, the terrorists, including a suicide bomber, entered the office, started shooting and set the building on fire.

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The attackers stormed the office building and began firing guns at the security forces stationed nearby. Libyan officials said 12 were killed, including at least two of the commission's guards.

"This breach targeted democracy, not just the HNEC", Sayah told reporters.

In its statement, the Islamic State said the two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests "after running out of ammunition".

Libya has suffered a protracted political crisis since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising ended with the ouster and death of President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Elections in 2014 were disputed, resulting in rival governments backed by competing military alliances in Tripoli and the east.