Dozens of ISIS fighters attacked the main headquarters of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the southern Libyan city of Sabha in the early hours of May 4.
The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, claimed that 16 personnel of the LNA were killed and injured in the hit and run attack. The agency also released photos showing loads of weapons, including two vehicles and a T-55 battle tank, which had been captured by ISIS fighters.
“All the captives who were being held inside the camp were released, the Mujahedeen also burned a number of tanks and depots after seizing what they could of weapons and vehicles,” a press release by Amaq reads.
In an official statement, the LNA said that the attack was carried out by ISIS and Chadian mercenaries. The army also acknowledged that 8 of its soldiers were killed during the clashes in the headquarters.
Meanwhile, a source in the LNA told Sputnik that the army reinforced its positions in Sabha after the attack. Additional units of the LNA’s joint operations room and security forces were reportedly deployed in the southern city in order to prevent any similar attacks in the future.
ISIS resumed its attacks in southern Libya after the beginning of the LNA’s advance towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on April 4. The terrorist group has launched six attacks on the army since then, which raises serious questions about its real motives.