Libya: Security boosted in Tripoli as factions seek outside help

Municipality workers clean up the debris after a bomb exploded outside the Moroccan embassy, in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on April 13, 2015 (AFP)

Authorities in the Libyan capital vowed Monday to boost security after twin attacks on foreign embassies but warned that a lack of international recognition was hindering their fight against jihadists.

The appeal came as political party leaders and activists gathered in the Algerian capital for a new round of UN-mediated peace talks aimed at reaching an accord to end the chaos and violence at home.

Libya’s controversial army chief, Khalifa Haftar, visited Jordan where King Abdullah II pledged Amman’s support in his fight against Islamist “terrorists” in the east of the country.

Since a 2011 revolt that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has been politically divided, with two governments and two parliaments, as armed groups battle for its oil wealth and cities.

Most of the international community recognises the government and parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

A rival administration in Tripoli emerged after Islamist-backed militias seized the capital last August.

Feeding on the chaos, the Islamic State jihadist group which holds chunks of Syria and Iraq has gained a foothold in the North African country, where its has claimed several deadly attacks.

Gunmen opened fire on South Korea’s embassy compound from a passing car on Sunday, killing two Libyans and wounding a third…

Islamic State has claimed the Moroccan embassy bombing and are no doubt behind the Korean one.