Al Qubbah bombings

Events

Operatives loyal to the Islamic State group detonated three bombs in al-Qubbah, targeting a petrol station, a police station, and the home of President of the Libyan Council of Deputies since 5 August 2014 (and effectively the country's parliamentary speaker) Aguila Saleh Issa.[1] These attacks reportedly killed at least 40 people.[1] Six Egyptians were identified among the fatalities in the attacks, and their bodies were repatriated to Egypt via the Sallum border crossing.[2]

ISIL said that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya.[3] The Egyptian Air Force had launched strikes following the kidnapping and beheading of 21 Copts in Libya in February 2015.

The U.S. State Department,[4] the Misrata Municipality,[5] and New General National Congress (Libya Dawn)[6] condemned the attacks.

References

  1. "Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah". BBC. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. "Bodies of 6 Egyptians Killed in Libya Blasts Returned". allAfrica. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. "Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah". BBC. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. "US State Dept condemns violent attack in Libya". Egypt Independent. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. "Libya Observer". Libya Observer. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. "Libya Observer". Libya Observer. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
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