Islamic State group militants say they have been behind a Saturday assault on a coaching camp for the forces of Libyan army strongman Khalifa Haftar.
Hospital officers stated 9 individuals have been killed within the assault in Libya’s southern metropolis of Sabha.
Gen Haftar’s jap forces took management of key areas within the oil-rich south throughout a January offensive.
They’re now concentrated within the north west, the place they’re battling for management of the capital, Tripoli.
In an announcement posted on-line, the Islamic State group stated it had killed or wounded 16 individuals within the Sabha assault, in addition to releasing inmates from a jail.
A army supply confirmed to Reuters jail contained in the camp had been stormed however gave no additional particulars.
Hamed al-Khaiyali, head of the native municipality, advised the information company that one soldier had been beheaded within the assault, whereas seven others have been “slaughtered” or shot.
Sabha Medical Centre later launched an announcement placing the demise toll at 9.
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Media captionThe battle for Tripoli
Gen Haftar has his powerbase within the east of the nation the place he’s allied to one in every of two rival governments.
He launched an offensive along with his Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA) on the south in January, saying he wished to purge the realm of “terrorists and legal teams”.
Then final month, Gen Haftar ordered his forces to advance to Tripoli, the place they’re now embroiled in a battle with fighters allied to the nation’s UN-backed and internationally recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord.
Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj has vowed to defend the capital and has accused Gen Haftar of launching a coup.
Libya has been beset by violence and political instability since long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.