Terror Attacks, One After Another, in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq

By Susan Jones | May 2, 2018 | 11:41am EDT
(Photo of Afghanistan attack: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - The United States "strongly condemns" Wednesday's suicide attack in Tripoli, Libya, targeting the country's election commission.

The attack killed at least 14 people and injured at least seven others, the Libya Herald reported. The newspaper, citing "early, unconfirmed reports," said the attack was carried out by three people, two of whom died when detonating their explosives. The identity of the attackers is not yet known.

"We stand with all Libyans in the fight against terrorism in their nation," the U.S. Embassy in Libya -- now located in Tunisia for security reasons -- said in a statement.

The attack in Libya follows recent terror attacks in two other ISIS-infected countries -- Afghanistan and Iraq.

On the morning of April 30 at least 31 people, including ten journalists, were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan.

According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), nine of the journalists were killed in a suicide boming in Kabul, when someone disguised as a TV cameraman detonated a bomb at the scene of an earlier explosion near the U.S. Embassy and NATO's Resolute Support headquarters. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

"These cowardly attacks are part of a pattern of violence against Afghan journalists, who display great courage every day as they practice a craft essential to democracy," SIGAR said in a report.

And in Iraq, a total of 68 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

May is starting off the same way, with a number of civilians killed and injured in a terrorist shooting north of Baghdad on May 2, according to the U.N.'s Special Representative for Iraq.

And on May 1, a police station in the liberated city of Mosul was attacked.

“Terrorist sleeper cells continue to mount sporadic attacks, despite the defeat of their main military structures by Iraqi security forces,” Special Representative Ján Kubiš said. "They aim to undermine stability and break the morale of Iraqis who have begun to enjoy the benefits of peace. They will fail, as they have failed before.”

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