Militants attack Libyan election commission, 3 killed

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At least eleven people have been reported dead after armed men, including two suicide bombers, attacked Libya's electoral commission headquarters.

Witnesses told Efe news that one suicide bombing took place during an attempt by an armed group to attack the building.

The exact date of the elections that should put an end to years of conflict and should unite the country, not installed yet.

At least two of the attackers detonated their explosives when the security forces arrived, Damja added, describing the building as seriously damaged after it caught on fire.

"A suicide bomber blew up himself inside the commission and the others set a part of the building on fire", Omar said.

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One image posted on social media showed thick black smoke rising from the election commission building.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, the first of its kind in months to target Tripoli.

The Government of National Accord that operates in the country's west, including the Libyan capital of Tripoli, has already declared three-day mourning over the attack.

The United States and UN missions in Libya have condemned the attack which targetted the electoral commission. Since December, more than 923,000 voters have registered, according to the electoral commission, and more than 2.4 million are now registered nationwide. A UN-backed government is based in Tripoli, which in recent years hasn't seen such brazen attacks.

The attack in the capital Tripoli is the worst in years and reflects the challenges security forces face in rooting out militants who seized footholds in Libya amid the chaos that followed the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.