Libyan air force murders many militants close to Misurata

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Two deserted helmets are seen near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Two deserted helmets are seen near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

The Libyan air force killed and injured dozens of terrorists in Sdara area near the city of Misrata, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the eastern-based army said on Saturday.

“The air force carried out air strikes against terrorist sites in Sdada near Misurata, killing and injuring dozens (of terrorists) and destroying weapons stores and a number of armed vehicles,” Ahmad Mismari told a press conference in the eastern city Benghazi.

The spokesman said the targeted area is a location of military operations, calling on civilians to be cautious and to avoid passing near the area.

The Benghazi Defense Brigades, a coalition of extremist groups that fight against the army, launched attacks in several eastern cities and the Oil Crescent region, which holds large oil reserves and export terminals. The latest attack was on the southern air base of Brak in May 2017, which killed 141 army soldiers.

Mismari denied responsibility of the Libyan air force for raids near the western city of Bani Walid, saying the attacks were likely to be carried out by the United States, Italy or NATO.

Local media on Saturday showed footage of sites destroyed near Bani Walid, some 180 km southeast of Tripoli.

Local media said the targeted sites were likely to be valley and mountain areas where IS remnants were moving.

In December 2015, forces allied with the UN-backed Libyan government defeated the IS affiliates and expelled them from Sirte, some 450 km east to the capital Tripoli. The remnant IS fighters fled to the southern valleys and mountainous areas ever since.

The terrorists have from time to time set up mobile checkpoints on the road leading to southern cities and have been scrutinizing passing civilian cars in search of soldiers or security personnel to kidnap, according to reports. Enditem

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