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US airstrike kills IS militants in southern Libya

Sanjeevni Today 26-09-2019 09:57 AM

US airstrike kills IS militants in southern Libya

Tripoli, The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Wednesday said that it killed Islamic State (IS) militants near the southern Libyan city of Murzuq, in coordination with the UN-backed government.

"In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting IS-Libya militants in the vicinity of Murzuq on Sept. 24," AFRICOM said in a statement.

"This airstrike was conducted to eliminate IS militants and deny them the ability to conduct attacks on the Libyan people," said William Gayler, AFRICOM's director of operations.

The statement estimated that 11 militants were killed in the airstrike, causing no civilian casualties.

A few days ago, AFRICOM said that it launched an airstrike near Murzuq that killed eights IS militants.

In December 2018, AFRICOM launched an airstrike that killed 11 al-Qaida members and destroyed three vehicles in southwestern Libya.

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