Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in an attack on Libya’s electoral commission headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, officials say.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up while other armed assailants stormed the building and set it on fire, they say.

Voters have been registering for elections expected before the end of the year.

Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

After his 42-year rule, the country remains under the control of myriad rival armed groups.

Although many observers have questioned whether an election can be secured in the politically and militarily divided country, the international community appears hopeful that it would give the troubled North African state a fresh start.

Electoral commission spokesman Khaled Omar told Reuters that three officials and four security officers were killed in the attack. The health ministry later put the number of dead at 12.

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