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Islamic State claims attack on Libya’s Foreign Ministry

Smoke rises shortly after an attack on the foreign ministry building, in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Dec, 25, 2018. Security officials said Tuesday that a suicide bomber targeted the entrance of Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli, killing several people, including a prominent militia leader. They said a second attacker was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosive vest. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that killed at least three people.

In a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency Wednesday, IS says three fighters infiltrated the area and fired on Foreign Ministry workers.

Libyan officials say a suicide bomber targeted the entrance to the ministry and another was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosives.

Libya’s Health Ministry says the Tuesday attack wounded 10 other people.

Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi, allowing IS and other extremist groups to gain a foothold.

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