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Jun 4, 2018
The Daily Star
One dead in attack on Libya police station claimed by Daesh
Agence France Presse
TRIPOLI: A woman was killed and five other civilians were wounded in an attack on a police station in eastern Libya that was claimed on Sunday by Daesh (ISIS).
The attack occurred at dawn on Saturday while security forces were erecting a roadblock in Al-Qanan, 18 kilometers south of Ajdabiya, said the LANA news agency loyal to Libya's eastern administration.
In a statement posted online, Daesh said its "caliphate soldiers" attacked the Al-Qanan police station and "violent clashes ended in the destruction of station elements".
LANA reported the death of at least one person, a woman, and that five other passers-by were wounded during the attack on the police station.
The area surrounding Ajdabiya, a city 160 kilometers east of Benghazi, is often hit by Daesh targeting forces from strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army.
Daesh said it was behind two attacks in the area on May 22, with a suicide attack against a checkpoint south of Ajdabiya killing at least two LNA soldiers.
In another incident some 200 kilometers south of the city, a soldier was abducted from a roadblock at the entrance to the city of Ojla.
In March Daesh claimed responsibility for two other attacks on LNA checkpoints in the region, in which a total of 10 people were killed.
Since the 2011 ousting of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has been divided by rival powers with Haftar's forces dominating the country's east.
A U.N.-backed unity government sits in the capital Tripoli, while numerous armed groups and militants are active in different parts of Libya.
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