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ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Libyan Checkpoint

ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Libyan Checkpoint

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 - 18:30
Smoke rises from a burning vehicle following clashes between members of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and fighters from Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB), in Ras Lanuf, Libya March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

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.

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