Moscow resolutely condemns attacks in Libya

Foreign Ministry has condemned terror attacks in Libya claimed by ISIS

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned a series of terror attacks in Libya claimed by Islamic State, a terror organization banned in Russia.

"Moscow resolutely condemns these criminal acts and expresses the feelings of sympathy and solidarity with the Libyan people. We reaffirm the need for urgent and coordinate international efforts to eliminate the terror threat in Libya and in the Middle East as a whole," the Ministry's Department of Information and Press said in a commentary posted on the Ministry's website on Jan. 9.

"The rise of extremism in Libya adds urgency to the task of implementing the UN SC [United Nations Security Council] resolution N2259 (2015) aimed at establishing law and order across Libya, efficient fight against terrorism and restoring this country's economy," the ministry said.

The military political situation in Libya has seriously aggravated in the past few days, the ministry said. In particular, on January 3 militants traveling in 12 vehicles attempted to seize the oil port of Sidra (370 kilometers from Benghazi). On January 7, a terror attack at a coastal guard training center in Zliten (160 kilometers from Tripoli) left over 80 people dead and dozens injured. On the same day, yet another suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint on entry to the town of Ra's Lanuf (350 kilometers from Benghazi) that is home to the biggest oil refinery. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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