Update: IS group claims responsibility for Libya attacks
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CAIRO:   The Islamic State (IS) group in Libya claimed its responsibility for the Friday blasts in al-Quba city, eastern Libya, Reuters reported.

At least 30 people, including five Egyptian nationals, were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in a blast Friday in al-Quba city, east of Libya, Youm7 reported.

A Libyan medical source told the Libyan news website Bawabet Al-Wasat, that a series of three blasts took place in different locations including, a security directorate, the house of the speaker of the Libyan parliament and a fuel station.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty assured that Egypt deeply condemns these blasts that targeted vital locations in Libya, and that the Egyptian authorities support the legitimate government of Tobruk.

Abd Al-Atty added that the international society should take responsibility for its duties regarding the dangerous situation in Libya.

According to Youm7, The Libyan military issued statement Friday condemning the blast and assuring that they are willing to confront terrorism in all levels.

The attacks are IS group’s first reaction after Egyptian army, in cooperation with the Libyan Army, launched airstrikes on the group’s targets in Libya’s cities of Derna and Sirte following the release of a video showing the beheading of 12 Egyptian Coptic Christians on Sunday.

Egypt sent its first plane to Tunisia’ Djerba Zarzis International Airport to evacuate the Egyptians who fled Libya. The plane is scheduled to transport 180 Egyptians.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Gomaa

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