The Libyan army has suffered a military blow following several suicide bombings carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Sirte, on the Mediterranean coast halfway between the capital Tripoli and the Eastern city of Benghazi.
On Thursday the suicide bombers killed 10 Libyan soldiers and wounded a further 65, according to reports from Misrata Central Hospital. The hospital reported that the injuries varied from minor to critical.
The attack follows a military campaign carried out over several months by the Libyan military against the Islamists, aided by US air strikes, which has seen the IS virtually wiped out of Sirte after it took over the city last year.
“According to the Bunyan Marsous (BM) Operations Room, two cars driven by the suicide bombers exploded. The attack happened in west of Sirte, near the Gharaibat Bridge,” reported the Libya Herald.
Misrata TV reported that the BM forces had succeeded in thwarting a third suicide bombing in the town when they stopped an IS member, wearing a suicide belt.
The militant then blew himself up without causing any casualties.
Meanwhile, according to the Libyan News Agency aid and supplies, organised by the Libyan Red Crescent, are moving into areas of the city liberated by the Libyan armly.
– African News Agency (ANA)