Fighters linked to the Islamic State group killed three members of the Libyan security forces in the south-west of the country, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.
Wednesday’s attack, in the desert some 700 kilometers (430 miles) south of Tripoli, “targeted a patrol of the Umm al-Aranib Martyrs’ Brigade, killing three of its members”, the ministry said. in a press release.
He added that government forces had “killed four members of Daesh (an Arabic term for ISIS) and destroyed their vehicle”.
He said a search was underway for other “terrorists” who had fled.
He said the jihadists were trying to “undermine stability and terrorize civilians”.
IS on Monday claimed to have attacked the same brigade in the same area a week earlier, killing two members.
The Umm al-Aranib Martyrs Brigade is largely made up of members of the long-marginalized Tubu ethnic group.
Libya has been plagued by anarchy since the despot’s fall in 2011 Muammar Gaddafi, with an array of armed groups vying for control.
ISIS, encouraged by victories in Syria and Iraq, took advantage of the chaos to seize parts of the north and east of the country, but after a series of offensives it was expelled from its last Derna stronghold in 2018.
The group continued to carry out small-scale attacks.