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Africom conducts airstrike northwest of Libya, civilian casualties reported

U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said it conducted on Wednesday “a precision airstrike” near Bani Walid town killing four “ISIS militants.”

It said in a statement “we assess no civilians were killed in this strike,” adding that the airstrike was coordinated with “the Libyan Government of National Accord.”

Meanwhile, a source from Bani Walid confirmed to The Libya Observer that three civilians and one ISIS fugitive – all from Bani Walid – were killed in the airstrike.

The source identified the ISIS fugitive, who was fighting in Sirte, as Abdul-Ati Eshtewi and the three civilians as his relatives.

“Eshtewi and his three relatives haven’t seen each other for long time, so Eshtewi contacted them using Thuraya phone to have Ramadan Iftar with them in Eshmikh, some 35 km south of Bani Walid town.” The source said.

The three civilians were identified as Matouq Milad, Mohammed Abu Sittah and Salim Daroue.

 

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