The Address | Benghazi – Libya
SABHA – The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for today’s bloody attack on the headquarters of Battalion 160 of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the city of Sabha.
The terror attack resulted in the killing of seven soldiers from the LNA, one soldier was slaughtered, another was burned, while the rest were shot by a bullet to the head or chest.
In a statement via its propaganda platform, ISIS said that the so-called “soldiers of the caliphate” had carried out the terror attack in Sabha, describing LNA soldiers as “apostates”.
But despite a claim of responsibility from this internationally-designated terrorist group, militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) have also said that they’re behind the attack.
Al-Somood and the so-called Battalion 166 militias, both allied with GNA, said that eleven LNA soldiers were shot dead during a “direct confrontation” with its militants. Both militias denied beheading any soldiers, adding that LNA is using ISIS as a “scarecrow”.
The so-called Battalion 166 militia is led by warlord Mohammed Hessan, whereas Al-Somood militia is led by the internationally-sanctioned warlord Salah Badi. Both militias were originally based in the city of Misurata.
In April 4, LNA launched a military operation in Tripoli to eradicate militias and terrorist groups which dominated the capital since 2011. Ever since, GNA formed an alliance with those militias to push back against LNA.