Islamic State group claims Tunis Sousse attack

Islamic State group claims Tunis Sousse attack

Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi vows to 'eradicate terrorists' after militant group says its 'fighters' were behind Sousse's coastal city's attack.

The incident took place close to one of the deadliest attacks in Tunisia - when 38 people, most of whom were British citizens, were killed in a beachside shooting rampage in 2015.

In 2019, Libyan hospital officials said nine people were killed in the attack in Libya's southern city of Sabha. Gen Haftar's eastern forces took control of critical areas in the oil-rich south during a January offensive.

They are now concentrated in the northwest, battling for control of the capital, Tripoli. In a statement posted online, the Islamic State group said it had killed or wounded 16 people in the Sabha attack, as well as freeing inmates from a prison.

A military source confirmed to Reuters that a jail inside the camp had been stormed but gave no further details.

Hamed al-Khaiyali, head of the local municipality, told the news agency that one soldier had been beheaded in the attack, while seven others were "slaughtered" or shot. Sabha Medical Centre later released a statement putting the death toll at nine.

Gen Haftar has his power base in the east of the country, where he is allied to one of two rival governments. He launched an offensive with his Libyan National Army (LNA) on the south in January, saying he wanted to purge the area of "terrorists and criminal groups".

Now embroiled in a battle with fighters allied to the country's UN-backed and internationally recognized Government of National Accord. Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj had since then vowed to defend the capital and has accused Gen Haftar of launching a coup.

Libya has been beset by violence, and political instability since long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.