Two dead in Libya attack claimed by ISIS

Fayez Sarraj

Fayez Sarraj

A coalition of forces allied with Libya's United Nations -backed government of national accord (GNA) said it had received a shipment of armoured vehicles and arms on Saturday as it tries to stop Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) from taking the capital, Tripoli.

A coalition of forces allied with Libya's UN-backed government of national accord (GNA) said on Saturday it had received a shipment of military hardware in spite of an arms embargo on the country.

The media arm of Haftar's LNA said in a statement a "terrorist attack" had been repelled but did not give any details.

At least two people were killed and six kidnapped in a terrorist attack in Libya's south-west, according to a source from the country's security service.

Initially controlling swathes of Libya's east, Haftar launched an offensive in the south of the country in January before attacking the coastal capital last month.

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After securing support from local tribes, it seized several towns.

The LNA made initial gains, but pro-GNA forces launched a counter-offensive, resulting in a stalemate on the southern outskirts of the city. The militant group took control of the coastal city of Sirte in 2015 but lost it late in 2016 to local forces backed by USA air strikes.

Since the overthrow and killing of Libya's long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 Libya is now divided into two parts - the internationally recognised and GNA headed by Fayez Sarraj in Tripoli and a parallel administration allied to Haftar in the east of the country.

Libya has been mired in chaos since the NATO-backed uprising that deposed and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

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