Car bomb strikes Libya capital

A car bomb has gone off outside the Mellitah oil and gas company headquarters in Libya’s capital Tripoli.

According to Libya Herald news website on Monday, the blast took place in a street beside the company’s headquarters, which is located close to the Saudi and Algerian embassies.

According to the latest reports, the explosion has left no fatalities.

Most of the company’s staff had left the work place before the explosion, reports added.

The Daesh terrorists claimed responsibility for the incident in a post in a twitter account affiliated with the Takfiri group.

The militants said the blast targeted “apostates” in Dahra district of the capital.

Mellitah is a joint venture between Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the Italian energy company Eni.

The attack came on the eve of the 46th anniversary of the military coup that dethroned King Idris and brought Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power in 1969.

Libya is grappling with a worsening security crisis as it currently has two rival governments, one controlling the capital Tripoli, and the other, the country’s internationally recognized government, governing the cities of Bayda and Tobruk.

Several rounds of peace talks brokered by the United Nations have been held in recent months aimed at forming a unity government between the rival factions. The peace talks have failed to deliver any practical results so far.

This is while the presence of Daesh militants has further complicated the situation in the violence-wracked North African country.

Libya plunged into chaos after the ouster Gaddafi in 2011, which gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions.

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