Two soldiers were killed and three wounded at a military checkpoint in northeastern Libya on Wednesday, witnesses and officials said, in an attack claimed by ISIS.
A witness said about a dozen armed vehicles had been used in the dawn assault on a checkpoint 60 km south of the city of Ajdabiya run by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).
The attackers set fire to the checkpoint and one of the victims was burned inside his car, said Mustafa Boufjara, a spokesman for Ajdabiya’s security department. Images of the checkpoint showed charred checkpoint cabins and two burned cars.
In a statement carried by ISIS’ Amaq news agency, ISIS said its militants had seized a vehicle equipped with a machinegun as well as other weapons and ammunition.
ISIS militants have carried out several attacks on LNA checkpoints in recent months.
Ultra-Hardline have been trying to regroup from desert bases since losing their stronghold of Sirte, about 390 km west of Ajdabiya, last December.