Egypt condemns terror attack on Libyan Foreign Ministry HQ

Casualties reported after car bomb exploded and suicide bomber struck ministry building

On Tuesday Egypy strongly condemned the terror attack that targeted the headquarters of Libyan Foreign Ministry in the capital earlier the day. While 3 suspected ISIS militants attacked the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Tripoli on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Ministry has argued in a statement that Egypt offered condolences to the Libyan people over the victims of the attack, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The ministry reaffirmed that Egypt will continue to support Libya in the fight against terrorist groups.

“Terrorism will not triumph over the Libyans’ decision to move forward towards building their state and renouncing violence,” Ghassan Salamé, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya said.

Further, “We will not accept any attack on a state institution, especially one committed by a terrorist group. We will work with the Libyan people to prevent terrorist groups from turning Libya into a haven or an arena for their crimes,” he said.

It also stressed the importance of mobilising international efforts to restore Libya’s security and stability and help state institutions to carry out their duties to the Libyan people, reports Xinhua news agency.

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At least 3 member were killed and 10 others, including a paramedic, were injured on Tuesday during the terror attack on the Libyan Foreign Ministry’s headquarters in Tripoli.

The attack occurred at 9 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), when a car bomb exploded right behind the ministry’s building, an official of Libyan Foreign Ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

After the blast, a group of gunmen entered the building from the front and back entrances and exchanged heavy fire with the security forces, he added.

In September, Islamic State millitants attacked the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation in the centre of Tripoli, killing two and injuring several others.

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