Suicide Attack Puts Election Plans in Libya in Turmoil

Different Libyan groups are accusing each other for postponing the presidential and parliamentary elections after the suicide attack. The attack occurred against the headquarters of the electoral commission of the country in Tripoli. The Islamic State Group had claimed the responsibility for the attack and the military spokesperson had downplayed the claim.

The suicide bomber attack had cause massive destruction to life and property and the charred body remains of the victims was a horrendous sight. Around twelve people had lost their lives and the buildings were severely damaged. The military spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National Army in the east of the country Colonel Ahmed al-Masmari was not very sure regarding the claim. He claimed that there were gangs belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda who could be behind the attack.

He stated that the Islamic State Group had accepted responsibility but they were usually accept responsibility for almost everything. He opines that for the Army of Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaida and IS are similar. Masmari had claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to postpone the presidential and parliamentary election and hence they were performing the attacks.

Professor Khattar Abou Diab of University of Paris Political Science is also reluctant to accept the claim made by the Islamic State. He claimed that the terrorists exist but they have their independent networks and they are often influenced by other countries. He opines that it is important to observe who would benefit from the crime.

Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit had stated that many countries have started funding the local militia groups. The U.N. Libya envoy Ghassan Salame claimed that the external and internal tangents of the crisis Libya is facing should be tackled immediately or else it would be too late.


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