IS suicide attacks kill 10 Libyan soldiers in Sirte

Source: XinhuaEditor: Ouyang
2016-08-19 15:32

TRIPOLI, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 Libyan government soldiers were killed and 21 others injured on Thursday when IS militants in Sirte launched two suicide attacks, according to a military spokesman.

Mohamed Al-Gasri, spokesman of the government force fighting against IS in Sirte, said the attacks took place in a position of the government fighters at the outskirts of the city.

The death toll is expected to increase as some of the wounded fighters are in critical conditions.

The UN-backed unity government in May has formed a military force, mostly from armed militias from Misrata, to fight against the increased dominance of IS in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli.

The fighting in Sirte has so far killed nearly 350 government fighters and injured more than a thousand others.

The government force said they are now controlling most of Sirte, with IS dominating only 10 percent of the city.

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