TRIPOLI – At least three people were killed in a terrorist attack on the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, as Libya prepares actively for a national reconciliation conference and presidential elections and Legislative Measures to Bring the Country Out of the Spiral of Violence.
The "terrorist" attack by three attackers that targeted the Foreign Ministry compound in Tripoli in the morning caused the death of three employees and 10 others were wounded, while two assailants were killed. slaughtered by security forces, according to a report from the Ministry of Health.
In a statement, the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported a "suicide attack" by three "terrorist elements", while commending the "professionalism" of the security services, which made it possible to limit the number of victims.
According to security sources, a diplomat, director of a department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is among the three dead victims.
A car bomb first exploded near the building, causing security forces to go to the site, before another suicide bomber entered the building where he blew himself up on the second floor , added the same sources.
A second assailant is killed in the ministry compound after the explosion of a suitcase he was carrying, while the third, who was unarmed and "wearing only a bulletproof vest ", was shot by security forces outside, said Libyan media.
The Libyan authorities have announced that they have cordoned off the premises of the fire-ravaged ministry, while emergency services have been dispatched to the site to deal with the fire.
Calls for unity and reconciliation among Libyans
This deadly attack in Libya comes as the Libyan authorities are actively preparing to hold a national reconciliation conference and to hold presidential and legislative elections under the auspices of the United Nations.
Peace talks have been held in recent months in France and Italy to try to advance the political process in this country including the holding of elections in the first half of 2019.
At the beginning of December, the president of the National High Electoral Commission (HNEC), Imed al-Sayeh, said that a referendum on a new constitution in Libya could be held in February 2019, "if the conditions for security were met. "
In this context, the President of the Presidential Council of the Government of the National Union, Fayez Al-Sarraj, called for the need to achieve reconciliation among all Libyans "to allow the country to regain its security" .
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Speaking Monday on the occasion of the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of independence, Mr. Al-Sarraj stressed that "Libyan and Libyan people must show a spirit of reconciliation and unity" and to "put an end to the past," reported Libyan media.
"All Libyans must support our project of national reconciliation and we have set up a preparatory committee to hold a reconciliation conference to be held in the coming months," added the president of the Libyan Presidential Council, assuring that "the Libyan authorities are determined to continue efforts to unify the army and security."
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which has repeatedly condemned the successive attacks in Libya, is working to hold the National Reconciliation Conference and to strengthen the institutional capacity of Libya including police and judicial structures by providing equipment and providing training.