The Islamic State has said responsibility for the killing of troopers loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Hafter whose forces are waging a campaign to capture Tripoli. At least eight of Hafter’s soldiers died after a group of armed men stormed a military training camp in the southwestern city of Sebha over the weekend.
The mayor of Sebha, Hamid Ben Khayal has claimed among those killed in the raid had been beheaded.
It is actually the second attack in the city in less than a month.
The Libyan National Army under Hafter has been waging a war to capture the capital Tripoli since April, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and also thousands of displaced people.
Tripoli is under the control of the globally recognized government of national accord led by Fayz Serraj.
The authorities in Tripoli have condemned the attack on Sebha and hold Hafter directly responsible for the return of the Islamic State to Libya.
The government said it has routed the IS in a strident military campaign to force its insurgents out of the country.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the Sebha attack, explaining it as a strong reminder to all Libyan, along with to the international community, that terrorist groups will continuously exploit every opportunity, including the ongoing fighting in Tripoli to expand their footprints in Libya.