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Libya: Moment of reported IS suicide blast captured on camera00:24

Libya: Moment of reported IS suicide blast captured on camera

Libya, Abu Qurayn
May 6, 2016 at 12:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

A suicide blast destroyed a vehicle driving in terrain just outside Abu Qurayn, Thursday, amid fighting between forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar and fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; ISIS/ISIL). The explosive device was detonated by IS, according to unconfirmed reports.

IS militants seized control of a number of areas including Abu Qurayn, about 90 km (70 miles) south of Misrata, Thursday, after clashes with militias from Misrata loyal to the Libyan Army.

A security source reportedly said on Thursday evening that Misrata units called in airstrikes on IS-controlled areas in Abu Qurayn and Jarif, in an attempt to regain areas seized by the militants. The source added that families in Sirte became trapped inside the city, as the main road to Misrata was cut off after the latest IS attack. Fighters from Misrata were reportedly rushed to the scene of the road blockage on Friday to try and dislodge IS fighters.

Local sources and eyewitnesses in Abu Qurayn and Zamzam said that IS fighters raised black flags over mosques and government headquarters after having occupied the entire area, on Thursday.

The advances come at the same time as armed forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan Ground Forces arrived on the outskirts of Sirte preparing for battle to liberate the city from the IS militants.

Libya: Moment of reported IS suicide blast captured on camera00:24
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A suicide blast destroyed a vehicle driving in terrain just outside Abu Qurayn, Thursday, amid fighting between forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar and fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; ISIS/ISIL). The explosive device was detonated by IS, according to unconfirmed reports.

IS militants seized control of a number of areas including Abu Qurayn, about 90 km (70 miles) south of Misrata, Thursday, after clashes with militias from Misrata loyal to the Libyan Army.

A security source reportedly said on Thursday evening that Misrata units called in airstrikes on IS-controlled areas in Abu Qurayn and Jarif, in an attempt to regain areas seized by the militants. The source added that families in Sirte became trapped inside the city, as the main road to Misrata was cut off after the latest IS attack. Fighters from Misrata were reportedly rushed to the scene of the road blockage on Friday to try and dislodge IS fighters.

Local sources and eyewitnesses in Abu Qurayn and Zamzam said that IS fighters raised black flags over mosques and government headquarters after having occupied the entire area, on Thursday.

The advances come at the same time as armed forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan Ground Forces arrived on the outskirts of Sirte preparing for battle to liberate the city from the IS militants.

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