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Islamic State holdouts wage wave of suicide blasts as Sirte pockets fall

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Islamic State group jihadis in Libya have carried out nine suicide bombings in one day in a failed bid to hold a central district of Sirte, pro-government forces said Wednesday.

The attacks on Tuesday in the coastal city left nine pro-government fighters dead and 82 wounded, said Reda Issa, a spokesman for forces allied with the unity government.

They took place as forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), backed by U.S. airstrikes, advanced on Sirte’s central District Two as part of a three-month offensive to oust the jihadis from the city.

An Islamic State fighter blew up his vehicle close to a group of soldiers and journalists, wounding several, said an AFP photographer.

Five of the bombers attacked using cars, one on a motorbike and three on foot, said the pro-GNA forces, which published several photos of the bombers’ corpses. – READ MORE

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