Eight Libyan soldiers killed in ISIS attack on LNA camp

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saturday 04/05/2019
In this image grab taken on February 06, 2019 forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar patroling in downtown Sebha, the biggest city in southern Libya. (AFP)
In this image grab taken on February 06, 2019 forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar patroling in downtown Sebha, the biggest city in southern Libya. (AFP)

Eight soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack on a training camp belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in the southern city of Sebha, the head of the local municipality Hamed al-Khaiyali told Reuters.

A source in the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar blamed the Islamic State (ISIS) and Chadian fighters for the attack.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.  

Sebha -- like much of the south and its oilfields -- is controlled by the LNA but the force has moved troops north for a month-long offensive on the capital Tripoli.

The campaign over the capital is still ongoing, with the LNA's forces fighting an array of militias and militants loyal to the Tripoli-based government of Fayez al-Sarraj.

ISIS militants are also active in southern Libya where is has staged several hit-and-run attacks in recent months. 

It retreated to the south after losing its stronghold in the central city of Sirte in December 2016. 

(Arab Weekly staff and news agencies)