By Sami Zaptia.
London, 29 October 2018:
Faiez Serraj, head of Libya’s Presidency Council, condemned today’s dawn terrorist attack on the town of Fugha in central Libya.
The attack has been attributed to ISIS. Initial reports say four people were killed – two of whom were executed in public – and nine people were abducted.
Serraj said “There goes another crime that took place in a dear part of the country, and we call for mercy on the victims of the terrorist attack on the city of Figha in the municipality of Jufra.”
He continued, “We affirm that this aggression is another reason to unite our military and security efforts.There is no room for complacency.
We must accelerate our unity and unite to strike and uproot terrorism from our land and confront criminal terrorist acts that target the security and stability of the nation.”
Meanwhile, Libya’s parliament in Tobruk, the House of Representatives (HoR), has declared three days mourning as a result of the terror attack. It called on the (Khalifa Hafter-led and predominantly eastern-based) Libyan National Army to secure the area.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the attack.
It called for the immediate release of the kidnapped and their safe return to their families. It reminded the parties to the conflict of their obligation to protect civilians and called upon them to immediately cease targeting civilians and civilian objects in compliance with International Humanitarian Law.
UNSMIL said it is deeply concerned about the increasingly fragile security situation in central Libya and called on Libyans to set their differences aside and cooperate to defeat the terrorist threat imperiling the stability and security of their country.