TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Suicide bombers stormed the head offices of Libya's electoral commission in Tripoli on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and setting fire to the building in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
The assailants also opened fire on employees of the High National Election Commission (HNEC) and fought a gun battle with security forces trying to regain control of the site, officials said.
The attack appeared aimed at derailing efforts to organize elections in Libya by the end of this year, part of a U.N.-led attempt to unify and stabilize the country after years of conflict and political division.
"I saw two suicide bombers myself... they were shouting Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)," said commission spokesman Khaled Omar, who fled the offices with other staff as the attack unfolded.
Scary to think this barbarity is only a 3 hour away flight from Ireland. What kind of animals are these where they can't even let the working class vote for their own leaders? Thoughts and prayers with the family of the dead. Such a waste of life.