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Libya: 14 troops killed in Daesh attack in southern Libya

24th Aug 2017
Libya: 14 troops killed in Daesh attack in southern Libya

By Walid Abdullah

 

TRIPOLI, Libya (AA): At least 14 forces loyal to East Libya-based military commander Khalifa Haftar were killed in a Daesh attack in southern Libya on Wednesday, according to a Libyan military source.

Without elaborating, the source said Daesh militants attacked the gate of Fuqaha town, 200 kilometers north of Sabha city. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to media.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Libya has been wracked by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody popular uprising ended with the ouster and death of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In the aftermath of Gaddafi’s departure, the oil-rich country’s long-simmering social and political divisions have yielded three rival seats of government and a host of competing militia groups.

[Archive Photo: Military vehicles of Libyan Govt of National Accord forces conducting operation against Daesh in Sirte on June 2 2016. Photographer: Hazem Turkia/AA]

 

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