Gunmen Attack Libya's Electoral Commission in Tripoli, Several Injuries

A Libyan National Army member surveys the site of an explosion

A Libyan National Army member surveys the site of an explosion

The attack on Wednesday in the capital, Tripoli, took place as officials were registering voters before elections expected later this year, news agencies reported.

The BBC reports Wednesday's attack was the deadliest the country has seen in years.

"UNSMIL condemns in the strongest terms possible the terrorist attack... in Tripoli and extends its condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives today", the mission tweeted.

The 2 bombers infiltrated building in central Tripoli, fired on people inside and detonated their explosives when their ammunition ran out.

Images posted on social media showed smoke billowing from the building.

At the moment no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Since December the electoral commission has registered almost one million new voters across Libya, though no date has been set for polls.

Foreign embassies, observers and other institutions promptly condemned the attack as an attempt to undermine stability in Libya as it heads toward the general election later this year.

The commission recently registered almost 1 million new voters across the country.

The internationally backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said it was dealing with "the consequences of the cowardly suicide attack" after the health ministry put the toll at 12 dead and seven wounded.

Libya has been gripped by violence since dictator Moammar Gaddafi was toppled in the populist Arab Spring revolts in 2011.

In February this year, United Nations special envoy Ghassan Salame said that he was aiming for parliamentary and presidential elections in the North African country by the end of 2018.

The government in Tobruk, which is supported by self-proclaimed Libyan national army led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, refuses to recognize the Tripoli-based unity government led by Fayez al-Serraj.

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