Al Qubbah bombings

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Al Qubbah bombings
Part of Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
LocationAl Qubbah, Libya
CoordinatesCoordinates: 32°27′36″N 22°09′00″E / 32.4600°N 22.1500°E / 32.4600; 22.1500
Date20 February 2015
Attack type
Bombing
WeaponsThree bombs
Deaths40[1]
PerpetratorsIslamic State group, Wilayat Barqa

The al Qubbah bombings occurred in Al Qubbah, Libya on February 20, 2015.

Events[edit]

Operatives loyal to the Islamic State group detonated three bombs in al-Qubbah, targeting a petrol station, a police station, and the home of President of the Libyan Council of Deputies since 5 August 2014 (and effectively the country's parliamentary speaker) Aguila Saleh Issa.[1] These attacks reportedly killed at least 40 people.[1] Six Egyptians were identified among the fatalities in the attacks, and their bodies were repatriated to Egypt via the Sallum border crossing.[2]

ISIL said that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya.[3] The Egyptian Air Force had launched strikes following the kidnapping and beheading of 21 Copts in Libya in February 2015.

The U.S. State Department,[4] the Misrata Municipality,[5] and New General National Congress (Libya Dawn)[6] condemned the attacks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah". BBC. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Bodies of 6 Egyptians Killed in Libya Blasts Returned". allAfrica. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah". BBC. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "US State Dept condemns violent attack in Libya". Egypt Independent. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Libya Observer". Libya Observer. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Libya Observer". Libya Observer. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.