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Woman killed in IS attack on Libya police station

A woman was killed and five other civilians were wounded in an attack on a police station in eastern Libya that was claimed by the Islamic State group on Sunday.

The attack occurred at dawn on Saturday while security forces were erecting a roadblock in al-Qanan, 18 kilometres south of Ajdabiya, said the LANA news agency loyal to Libya’s eastern administration.

In a statement posted online, IS said its “caliphate soldiers” attacked the al-Qanan police station and “violent clashes ended in the destruction of station elements”.

LANA reported the death of at least one person, a woman, and that five other passers-by were wounded during the attack on the police station.

The area surrounding Ajdabiya, a city 160 kilometres east of Benghazi, is often hit by IS targeting forces from strongman Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army.

IS said it was behind two attacks in the area on 22 May, with a suicide attack against a checkpoint south of Ajdabiya killing at least two LNA soldiers.

In another incident some 200 kilometres south of the city, a soldier was abducted from a roadblock at the entrance to the city of Ojla.

In March IS claimed responsibility for two other attacks on LNA checkpoints in the region, in which a total of 10 people were killed.

Since the 2011 ousting of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya has been divided by rival powers with Haftar’s forces dominating the country’s east.

A UN-backed unity government sits in the capital Tripoli, while numerous armed groups and jihadists are active in different parts of Libya.

 

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