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Suicide bomber kills eight Libyan troops, IS claims responsibility

Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari said a push to retake the district is in “its last stage, and terrorist group leaders are besieged inside.”

world Updated: Dec 19, 2016 17:24 IST
Smoke rises as Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government take cover during a battle with Islamic State militants.
Smoke rises as Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government take cover during a battle with Islamic State militants.(Reuters file photo)

Libyan security and health officials said a suicide bomber has killed eight army troops near the eastern city of Benghazi.

The officials said Sunday night’s counterattack in the besieged Ganfouda area also wounded another eight soldiers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement circulated online.

Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari said a push to retake the district is in “its last stage, and terrorist group leaders are besieged inside.”

Ganfouda is one of the last two extremist-held areas in the east besieged by Libyan army troops that answer to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who backs Libya’s last elected parliament against rival militias loyal to the UN-backed government based in Tripoli.