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Libyan town attacked

IS attacks Libyan townAt least four people were killed and seven wounded when suspected Islamic State fighters attacked a town in central Libya, a military official and lawmaker said.

The raid on the desert oasis town of al-Foqha south of Jufra lasted several hours, during which fighters set local government and security offices on fire, the military official, who asked not to be named, said.

Ismail al-Sharif, a lawmaker in the eastern-based House of Representatives, said the attack was probably a revenge one because some town youths recently helped catch a local Islamic State leader.

The town is in an area marked by poor security deep in the desert where Islamic State withdrew after losing its stronghold Sirte, a city on the central coast, in December 2016.

Forces allied to Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of eastern Libya, moved into al-Foqha as part of efforts to push south.

 

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