ISIS claims Tripoli car bomb near oil firm

Tripoli – The Islamic State jihadist group (ISIS) on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy’s Eni in the Libyan capital that wounded one person.

ISIS said in a statement on Twitter that one of its “security detachments targeted the headquarters of Mellitah Oil and Gas with a car bomb in the Dhahra district in down town Tripoli”.

At least one unidentified person was hurt in the explosion on Monday a few metres away from the offices of the oil firm, according to a security official in the militia-held capital.

Islamist extremists have exploited the turmoil in Libya since the fall of veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 to establish a foothold in the energy-rich North African country.

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