Tripoli put on maximum security alert

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Tripoli, Sep 11 (IANS/AKI) Libya’s UN-backed unity government has put its security services on maximum alert at sensitive sites in Tripoli after a deadly attack on the key National Oil Corp’s headquarters, the Libyan Observer daily reported on Tuesday.

Security was being ratcheted up to maximum levels at all sensitive sites in Tripoli including embassies and diplomatic missions in the capital, according to the daily.

The Government of National Accord’s Interior Ministry was closely monitoring the security situation within Greater Tripoli, the Libyan Observer quoted the Ministry as saying on its Facebook page.

Monday’s attack on NOC in which four people died and 10 were injured was staged by the Islamic State jihadist group, according to initial evidence.

Security forces have now regained “complete control” of NOC.

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The NOC assault came less than a week after the UN’s special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, brokered fragile truce on September 4 that halted deadly clashes between rival militias in Tripoli.

IS claimed an assault on Libya’s national election commission offices in the capital in May that killed at least 12 people.

–IANS/AKI

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