Libyan general sworn as top commander as his planes hit Tripoli airport

A fighter from Misrata’s Marsa Kateeba walks in front of an unexploded aircraft missile, which the fighters say was fired by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, near town of Sidre, Libya March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

(Reuters) – Warplanes from Libya’s internationally recognized government on Monday attacked an airport in Tripoli, the capital controlled by a rival administration, officials said.

Extending a series of tit-for-tat strikes, the attack coincided with the swearing-in of Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, as army commander for the recognized government.

In a speech, Haftar vowed to continue a “fight against terrorism,” according to a video from the ceremony posted on social media. “We remind the world that our army is fighting terrorism on its behalf”…

Related: Foreigners seized by Islamic State in Libya (Reuters) – Islamic State militants in Libya seized a group of foreigners at the al-Ghani oilfield last week, a spokesman for the Austrian foreign ministry said citing “secure information” on Monday, adding that they were alive when taken.

There has been no sign since of the nine oil workers from Austria, the Czech republic, Bangladesh, the Philippines and at least one African country who went missing, the spokesman said.

“We know that they were not injured when they were transported away from the al-Ghani oilfield,” the spokesman said, adding Austria had information the group was taken by Islamic State militants.

Bangladesh on Monday confirmed one of its citizens was among the foreign workers taken hostage by Islamic State, calling the incident a kidnapping…