ISIS car bomb attack kills 9 people in eastern Libya

Friday 07/08/2015
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TRIPOLI - A car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group (ISIS) has killed nine people and wounded dozens in Libya's eastern coastal city of Derna, a medical source said.

"Nine persons were killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb in Derna city" on Sunday night, a medical official in eastern Libya said by telephone.

"Some of the dead and wounded are civilians."

IS said it was behind the attack and that it was carried out by a Sudanese militant.

"The martyr Abu Jaafar al-Sudani blew up his car bomb... in the city of Derna, causing many dead and wounded," read a statement the group posted online.

The jihadist group's fighters last month lost control of Derna, which had been a bastion of ISIS since late last year. IS promised to avenge its fighters in a video posted online.

After the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya now has two governments vying for power in the oil-rich country, one based in Tripoli in the west and another internationally recognised in Tobruk, to the east of Derna.