IS claims responsibility for attack in Libya

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Smoke rises during heavy clashes between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara

BENGHAZI (Reuters) – The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on the desert oasis town of al-Foqha south of Jufra late on Sunday.

In the attack which lasted for several hours, at least four people were killed and 10 others kidnapped by armed militants. The insurgents also set local government and security offices on fire.

Ahmed Mismari, spokesman for the Libya National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar, which controls much of eastern Libya, said the attack had probably come as revenge because some town youths had helped catch a local Islamic State leader this month. Further details of that incident were not immediately available.

The town lies in an area marked by poor security deep in the desert where Islamic State withdrew after losing its stronghold Sirte on the central coast in December 2016.

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