At least five people have been killed and ten others kidnapped by suspected Daesh militants in central Libya. General Ahmad Al Mesmari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA) confirmed the incidence that targeted the desert town of Al Fuqaha in Jufra district.
Jufra district has for over a year been held by forces allied to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who leads the self-styled LNA. Also, the region has been regularly hit by attacks attributed to jihadists. In August 2017, an attack claimed by ISIS killed 11 people, including nine LNA fighters.
It is believed that the attack is a retaliation for arrests in the past few weeks that have been targeting ISIS in Libya. In a recent report released by S.I Analysts, Libya is one of the pockets of resurgences by ISIS as the central group suffers catastrophic losses in Iraq and Syria.