ISIS claims suicide bombings against Libyan brigades

By REUTERS
May 19, 2016 13:16

 
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TRIPOLI, Libya - Islamic State said it had carried out two suicide bombings against brigades loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government, inflicting heavy casualties during fighting west of the militant group's stronghold of Sirte.

The brigades said 32 of their men had been killed and 50 wounded as they pushed Islamic State fighters back towards Sirte on Wednesday, their heaviest losses for months.

Western powers are counting on the new government to unify Libya's political and armed factions to take on Islamic State.

The militant group took advantage of Libya's political turmoil and security vacuum to take over Sirte last year and establish a presence in several other Libyan towns and cities.

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