Sirte suicide bombers kill 10 as aid flows into liberated areas

By Libyan Herald reporter.

Tripoli, 18 August 2016:

Islamic State suicide bombers in Sirte today killed 10 soldiers who were part of the Bunyan Marsous operation there. A further 65 were wounded according to Misrata Central Hospital where they and the dead were taken. The injuries vary between critical and relatively minor.

According to the Bunyan Marsous (BM) Operations Room, two cars driven by the suicide bombers exploded. The attack happened in west Sirte, near the Gharaibat Bridge.

Misrata TV also reported that BM forces succeeded in thwarting a third suicide bombing in the town. An IS supporter wearing a suicide belt was reportedly stopped by BM forces near the town’s District No. 1 and fled. He then blew himself up without causing any other damage, the channel said.

BM earlier said that it was closing in on the last remnants of IS in the town, seizing District Nos. 2 and 3 and part of No. 1.

Meanwhile, aid and supplies are moving into liberated areas of the town. A convoy of six trucks with humanitarian and medical relief aboard arrived yesterday from Misrata, according to Libyan news agency LANA.. The supplies, organised by the Red Crescent, included food packages for families who had remained in Sirte.

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