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Libya: Truck Bomb Kills At Least 60 Policemen, Wounding 200

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A truck driven by a suicide bomber detonated Thursday and killed at least 60 policemen and wounder another 200 people, Libyan press is reporting.

The attack occurred at the Coast Guard training camp in Zliten, 50 kilometers west of Misrata.

As of this writing, rescue efforts have only been able to remove around 60 bodies from the site, with local press expecting the death toll to rise, noting that 400 police recruits were training at the base.

According to Libya News Today, a hospital source said at least 65 people were killed in the attack.

While no organization has yet claimed the attack, media is already speculating that Islamic State may be responsible.

“We had information that a boat arrived at the town’s shore two days ago carrying a number of strangers. We started an operation yesterday to register all strangers in the town without residency permits, but unfortunately this didn’t prevent this catastrophe,” said Zliten Security Directorate’s Serraj Al-Rashdi, according to the Libya Herald.

Other press is speculating that the attackers could be related to smugglers that operate in the region.

Nevertheless, the Libya Herald article noted that there were other reports this week of a boatload of militants, sailing from Tunisia to Sabratha where more militants were picked up and then on, further east. Its destination, however, was said to be Sirte, the Libya Herald article noted.

Relatedly, Libyan news agency LANA is reporting that the number of oil tanks that have caught fire as a result of the fighting between the oil installations guard force and the Isalmic State elements rose to seven on Wednesday

Fire-fighters are unable to enter into the ports to put out the fires raging in the oil tanks including — five in Al Sidra and two in Ras Lanouf — as a result of clashes with Islamic State.

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