Libya militia scramble to halt IS advance
TRIPOLI—Commanders in Libya’s third city Misrata rushed militiamen to a key crossroads on Friday after it was overrun by IS in an assault in which a suicide bomber killed two police.
The Abu Grein crossroads lies 120 kilometres south of Misrata where the highway along Libya’s Mediterranean coast meets the main road south into the desert interior.
It was captured by IS on Thursday in an advance from
In a statement, IS said a Tunisian fighter had blown up a vehicle at the crossroads allowing other fighters to advance and take control of it and five other villages in the area, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.
IS captured Sirte in June last year and has since transformed it into a training camp for Libyan and foreign militants.
With its port and airport, there are fears the