By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 31 May 2015:
A suicide bomber has killed five people and wounded seven in an attack on Misrata’s western checkpoint . . .[restrict]at Dafniya early this morning. The Islamic State (IS) in Libya has claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the bomber as Abu Wahib Al-Tunsi, a nom de guerre signifying only that he was Tunisian.
The location of the attack suggests that the bomber came from west of the city, which would mean that IS has operational cells between Tripoli and Misrata.
It is the second IS suicide attack on a Misrata checkpoint in ten days. On 21 May, two Misratan guards were killed and three others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at Checkpoint 60, south of the city.
There have been a growing number of suicide attacks against Misrata in the past two months by IS which in March posted a video on social media accusing the Misratans of being “enemies of God” and promising an onslaught of suicide and car bombings in the city. It again repeated the threat after 21 May attack attack calling Misratans “apostates”.
At the beginning of April, six people were killed and 21 injured when a suicide car bomb was detonated at the Sadada checkpoint in the east of the city.