Three soldiers were killed today and seven wounded in a rocket attack against a military checkpoint near Waddan.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack which targeted a checkpoint manned by members of the 127th Mechanized Battalion of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
Details of the attack are scarce but initial eyewitness accounts believed the attack was carried out using “a guided rocket”.
LNA forces in Libya’s central region were recently subject to a series of car-bomb attacks by remnants of the Islamic State who fled Sirte and Benghazi in late 2016.
UPDATE – 22 February 2018: The Islamic State issued a statement earlier today claiming yesterday’s attack against LNA's checkpoint in Waddan and confirming that it was a suicide car bombing. The statement identified the suicide bomber as “Abu Mohammed al-Muhajir”.