UN mission in Libya, local authorities condemn terrorist attack on Tazirbu town

UN mission in Libya, local authorities condemn terrorist attack on Tazirbu town

November 24, 2018 - 19:42
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the deadly attack on Tazirbu, calling it a terrorist attack on the oasis town in southern Libya.

"The Friday attack on the Tezirbu police station, which local authorities say was carried out by ISIL (ISIS), resulted in at least eight civilians killed, nine injured, three abducted and nine still missing and believed to be kidnapped." UNSMIL said in a statement on Saturday.

The UNSMIL also urged for the immediate release of the kidnapped and their safe return to their families.

UNSMIL has reminded all the parties to the Libyan conflict of their obligation to protect civilians, calling on them to immediately cease targeting civilians and civilian objects in compliance with the International Humanitarian Law.

"UNSMIL calls on the Libyan parties to set their differences aside and join efforts to defeat the terrorist threat imperiling the stability and security of the country." The statement reads.

Locally, both the Presidential Council and the High Council of State have condemned the attack, calling it a terrorist assault that targets all Libyans.

The Presidential Council said in a statement that Libya is facing an enemy that is "professional in terrorism" and aims at the stability of the country, calling on Libyans to stand united in the fight against such an enemy.

Sources from Tazirbu said gunmen believed to have links to ISIS stormed the town’s police station on Friday evening and killed at least five police officers in addition to three inmates.