Someone does not want UN peace talks: Gunmen kill policeman guarding UN building in Libya’s capital

Members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, on a tank outside the Central Bank, near Benghazi port. Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Jan 24 (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on Libyan police guarding a U.N. building in the capital Tripoli, killing one officer, state media and the U.N. said on Saturday.

On Friday gunmen shot from a passing car at policemen on duty outside the office of the U.N. development agency UNDP in Tripoli, a state news agency and the U.N. mission to Libya (UNSMIL) said.

One officer died of his wounds in hospital.

“U.N. staff were not involved in the incident,” the U.N. said in a statement.

Tripoli is controlled by a faction called Libya Dawn, which has set up a rival government and forced the internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to the east.

The United Nations and most Western and Arab countries evacuated their diplomats in the summer during fighting between rival factions who are battling for control of the oil-producing state four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi…

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Libya Dawn (the “rival government”) is made up of Islamists along the lines of the Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic State also has one town, Derna,  who have pledged allegiance to them.  There are other terror groups in the country as well, such as Ansar al-Sharia.