The US military command for Africa announced Friday it killed 17 suspected Daesh militants in southern Libya, in the third such strike in a week. “At this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed 17 terrorists” on Thursday, Africom said in a statement.
It said its anti-Daesh campaign in Libya was “ongoing” and that strikes were being conducted “in coordination” with the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
Africom “continues to support diplomatic efforts to stabilise the political situation in Libya in order to maintain our common focus on disrupting terrorist organisations that threaten regional stability”, the statement said. The previous two air strikes were carried out on September 19 and 24 near Murzuq, an oasis town some 1,000 kilometres south of Tripoli, killing eight and 11 Daesh “terrorists” respectively. — AFP