5 dead in attack on foreign ministry building in Tripoli

Smoke rises from the headquarters of Libya's foreign ministry in Tripoli

Smoke rises from the headquarters of Libya's foreign ministry in Tripoli

A security source, who did not want to be named, said the three attackers were ISIS extremists.

A suicide bomber then struck inside and gunfire broke out, according to the source, who said the victim was a civil servant.

A vehicle bomb exploded near the ministry, prompting security forces to rush to the scene, said special forces spokesman Tarak al-Dawass.

"The Libyan people are waging a war on terrorism on behalf of the world", the ministry said.

The State of Qatar has strongly condemned the vicious terrorist attack that targeted the headquarters of the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli today.

"Security chaos in Libya offers propitious conditions for Daesh and other terrorist groups", Bashagha said at a joint news conference in Tripoli with Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala.

In addition to to the two main administrations in Tripoli and Tobruk, there are dozens of regional, religious and ethnic militias vying for power and control of the area's vast oil wealth in different parts of the country.

Siala called for a partial lifting of the United Nations arms embargo on Libya to help authorities counter militant groups.

After eight months of fighting, forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord regained control of the city.

No one immediately claimed the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.

A source from Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, one of the strongest armed groups in the capital, told Reuters its spokesman, Abdulrahman Mazoughi, died in the attack.

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