Six killed in Libya desert attack

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Gunmen raided a town deep in Libya’s southern desert, killing six, the municipality said, adding it believed the militant group Islamic State was responsible.

A military source said the attackers occupied a police station in the oasis town Tazerbo, north of Kufra, until residents expelled them. The source said the attackers were believed to belong to Islamic State.

The town – a resting point for tourists going on Sahara camping tours before Libya plunged into chaos in 2011 – listed six residents on its website as having been killed.

Islamic State staged several attacks on southern towns after withdrawing into the desert when it lost the coastal city Sirte, in 2016.