Militants attacked Tripoli's airport on Friday and killed three security personnel, a Libyan official said, in an assault claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
"An armed group carried out an attack this morning on the prison located on the Mitiga air base, to try to free the detainees," the airport security official said, adding that eight attackers also died.
An AFP journalist who was at the airport at the time heard an explosion followed by gunfire. IS later claimed the attack on Twitter.
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