Terrorism struck again today in Libya’s ungoverned south. Islamic State terrorists are believed to be behind an attack earlier this evening against a police station in the south-eastern town of Tazirbu.
The attackers were said to have kidnapped the town’s mayor and several civilians and policemen, according to initial eyewitness accounts. A resident has confirmed to this website that Muhammad Khairallah, the mayor, and Hussain Salih, member of the municipal council, were among several civilians kidnapped by the attackers.
In a TV interview aired two weeks ago, Mr Khairallah had complained of lack of support from the government and said that repeated attacks by armed criminals including foreign gangs affiliated with Chaidian opposition forces had forced many residents to migrate to northern cities.
Libya’s southern region remains ungoverned since the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in 2011 with the country’s border crossings being used by tribal militias for smuggling and war profiteering.
UPDATE: Nine people were killed in the attack, including seven policemen and two inmates. The attackers used 15 Toyota pickup trucks and some of them spoke Tunisian dialect in addition to Libyans and sub-Saharan militants.