Libya’s Tripoli based General National Council (GNC) parliament called for military “mobilisation” against ISIS after a suicide car bomb attack in the western Libyan city of Misrata killed five people, wounding a further eight.
A statement released by the GNC urged “officers, soldiers... and all security forces and revolutionaries to mobilise” against ISIS and stated that the international community should aid its fight against the group, saying that it poses a “big threat” to Libya’s security.
“The Tripoli government is determined to continue fighting extremism and criminal gangs who operate under what is known as Daesh [ISIS] until they are uprooted,” the statement read.
The statement came hours after ISIS claimed responsibility for a car bombing on a checkpoint manned by Misratan brigades of the Tripoli-loyal Dawn Alliance.
A spokesman for the Dawn Alliance told reporters that “a car suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint at an entrance of Dafniya.” The attack killed three Misratan soldiers.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack over affiliated Twitter accounts, identifying the assailant as Tunisian born Abu Wahib al-Tunsi.
“The apostates of Fajr Libya... must know that a war is coming to cleanse the land of their filth unless they repent and go back to their true religion,” ISIS’ statement read.
Government loyal forces from Misrata have been fighting ISIS militants in central Libya since March in response to which ISIS began a series of car bombings on checkpoints on the outskirts of the city.
Libya is divided between two feuding parliamentary bodies, with Western Libya being under the control of the Tripoli-based General National Council (GNC) administration and the easternmost area near the Egyptian border falling under the command of the rival House of Representatives (HoR) body, which was founded last August.
"We will support all army, police and revolutionary forces to fight and chase those apostates who have come to Libya claiming they are representing Islam," GNC Prime Minister Khalifa Ghwell told Reuters regarding the blast.
ISIS forces have been able to establish a presence in eastern and central Libya due to the lack of order in the region, setting themselves up in the cities of Derna and Sirte.