Al Qaeda affiliate killed in US airstrike in Libya


US forces working in co-ordination with the Libyan government carried out an air strike against an al Qaeda affiliate group southeast of Bani Walid killing one fighter, the US military said in a statement.

US forces are still assessing strike results, which was undertaken in an effort to disrupt al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and deny the organisation’s fighters freedom of action, US Africa Command said. It did not identify the dead fighter.

It said no civilians were killed in the attack on Wednesday, which took place south-east of Bani Walid, about 160 km south-east of Tripoli.

The attack was the second against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in recent months. A US strike on March 24 killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking member of the group, the military said.