Libya checkpoint attack


Two soldiers were killed and three wounded at a military checkpoint in north-eastern Libya, witnesses and officials said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

A witness said about a dozen armed vehicles were used in the dawn assault on a checkpoint south of Ajdabiya run by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

Attackers set fire to the checkpoint and one victim was burned inside his car, said Mustafa Boufjara, a spokesman for Ajdabiya’s security department. Images of the checkpoint showed charred cabins and two burnt cars.

In a statement carried by Islamic State’s Amaq news agency, IS said its militants seized a vehicle equipped with a machinegun as well as other weapons and ammunition.

Islamic State militants have carried out several attacks on LNA checkpoints in recent months.

The jihadists are trying to regroup from desert bases since losing their stronghold of Sirte, west of Ajdabiya, last December.