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01 Sep 2020 | 08:03 AM UTC

Libya: Reports of suicide attack in Tripoli September 1

Libya News Alert

Suicide bomber detonates device in Tripoli on September 1; further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/3/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

Event

Reports are emerging of a suicide attack in Tripoli on Tuesday morning, September 1. The incident occurred at the Gerian roundabout in western Tripoli's Jazour district at around 07:30 (local time). The bomber reportedly approached a checkpoint on a motorcycle and detonated their device. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although security sources suggest it carries the hallmarks of previous Islamic State (IS) attacks. The assailant was likely attempting to gain access to a more high profile target within the capital but detonated their device when stopped at the checkpoint. No casualty figures have yet been reported.

Despite the complex security situation in Libya, this type of incident is relatively uncommon in the capital; however, further attacks of this nature are possible over the medium term.

Advice

Those in Tripoli are advised to monitor developments through a range of multi-source intelligence advisories and should heed all instructions issued by local authorities or their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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