Suicide bombing in Libya's west claimed by IS kills 5
A suicide car bomber from an Islamic State affiliate struck yesterday at an entrance to Libya's western coastal city of Misrata, killing five people and wounding seven, a local militia spokesman said. Twitter accounts of IS supporters posted a claim of responsibility.
Yesterday also, the Islamic State group took control of the town of Hawara, east of Sirte, after a week-long siege of the town, a local lawmaker, Saad AbuSharada, said.
The new capture leaves the Libyan IS affiliate positioned to move freely further east, where the country's rich oilfields lie, or to the south.
Mohammed al-Shami, a spokesman for the Misrata-based Libya Dawn militia, said the suicide bombing early yesterday killed five people and wounded seven. He confirmed it was carried out by the IS affiliate.
A local journalist, Taher Zarouq, said the attack extensively damaged the western Dafniya gate, a major commercial entrance into Misrata.
Libya has been torn among powerful armed militias that have left the country with two rival parliaments and governments. Islamist-allied militias from Misrata control the capital Tripoli, setting up their own parliament and government. They pushed out the elected parliament, which now meets in the eastern city of Tobruk. Government forces and allied militias are also battling Islamist radical groups who operate in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city.