At Least 74 Police Killed, 200 Wounded in Libya Truck Bomb

Toll Expected to Rise as Police Training Center Pounded

At least 74 Libyan police were killed and over 200 others wounded today when a massive truck bomb was detonated at a police training camp in the western city of Zilten. The truck was supposed to be delivering water, but instead was packed with explosives.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack yet, but the suspicion has fallen on the local ISIS affiliate, which is trying to establish a presence in Zilten, which is not far from the capital city of Tripoli.

A state of emergency was declared following the attack, which overwhelmed both the local hospitals, and saw the nearby city of Misrata accepting scores of the wounded. The death toll is expected to rise further, as many of the wounded as in bad shape.

ISIS has launched a number of attacks in Libya, mostly aiming to gain territory along the coast, in particular aiming to capture the oil ports around Ras Lanouf and Sidra. Today, another Ras Lanouf car bomb killed seven. Currently, their main city is Sirte, though they have limited presences elsewhere along the coast.

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