The mastermind behind the terrorist attacks against the High National Election Committee (HNEC), the National Oil Corporation (NOC), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 2018 has been arrested by the law enforcement authorities, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has announced.

In an address to the nation, Dbeibah said the operation to find Tariq Anwar, well known as Abu Issa, started with an intelligence that had been tracking terrorist dens in the capital for years.

"Security services are still working side by side to improve people's living conditions," the PM said, vowing to "deliver retribution against those who carried out these criminal acts."

Giving more details of the operation, the RADA Force for Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime released a video showing Abu Issa confessing that he planned the terrorist attacks with his commanders in Sabha, south of Libya.

He confirmed that he pledged allegiance to ISIS in front of a number of the organization's leaders in the "Emirate of Benghazi" before the group left the city after a deal with Khalifa Haftar's militias in 2017.

The ISIS leader recounted several details about the terrorist operations, including how they gathered the information to plan the attacks.

The ISIS group is believed to have carried out the attacks on the HNEC in May 2018, the NOC in September, and the Foreign Ministry in December of the same year.