News Update: IS-held Ouagadougou Conference Halls fall to Misrata-led forces

News Update: IS-held Ouagadougou Conference Halls fall to Misrata-led forces

August 10, 2016 - 18:47
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Misrata-led forces have captured Ouagadougou Conference Halls in Sirte, where IS militants were barricading as their stronghold in the city, the media office of Al-Bunyan Al-Masoos announced. 16 fighters were killed and 35 others wounded, the field hospital has reported.

After defeating IS radicals in the Ouagadougou halls on Wednesday evening, the Misrata-led forces are now combing through the area to avoid any mines and other possible risks as the remaining IS militants are still positioned in neighborhoods 1, 3 and some parts of neighborhood 2, where fierce clashes are now underway.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dozens of ISIS militants were killed in a massive offensive to eradicate remnants of the radical group from Sirte. During the offensive, Misrata-led forces liberated Sirte University, Police Academy, Ibn Sina Hospital and Al-Jiza military district. At least 20 ISIS militants were killed.

The media office also reported that contact with a Libyan Air Force warplane has been lost. No more details were given, but local reports said the pilot, identified as Brig. Mukhtar Fakrun, is believed to have died in the L-39 aircraft crash over Sirte.