IS gunmen warn Libyan militias

Gunmen loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have warned Libyan local militias to leave the western city of Sirte by Sunday, media reported Saturday.

Tripoli: Gunmen loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have warned Libyan local militias to leave the western city of Sirte by Sunday, media reported Saturday.

The fighters also attacked Bahi and Dahra oilfields near the city, Xinhua news agency reported citing Libya Herald.

Also on Friday, militants took control of two radio stations of Sirte, Free Voice and Radio Mikdashi, airing verses of the Quran and speeches of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group`s spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

Warplanes of the Libyan national army have launched several rounds of airstrikes on the IS militants, but the number of casualties was not immediately known, the al-Wasat newspaper reported.

Libya is now deadlocked in a fight between the pro-secular army and Islamist militants. The turmoil makes an ideal hotbed and recruiting ground for terrorism.

On Jan 27, an IS affiliate in Libya targeted the biggest hotel in the capital Tripoli, killing nine people and injuring dozens.

Earlier in December, armed groups claiming loyalty to IS also set up bases in the eastern city of Derna.

 

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