Prominent IS leader killed as battle intensifies inside Sirte

Prominent IS leader killed as battle intensifies inside Sirte

June 23, 2016 - 15:10
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Media activists reported sources from Sirte as saying that an IS leader, Abdelhadi Zargoon, was killed in an airstrike that targeted his house in Sirte Wednesday night.

The sources added that Zargoon is a Libyan national who was using his house as a broadcasting studio for the IS radio station, indicating that four other foreign IS militants were killed in the same airstrike.

The spokesman of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure) Mohammed Al-Ghasri said clashes are still ongoing in the residential areas in Sirte downtown, confirming that the operation’s forces are using artillery and warplanes significantly in the battle, stressing that the airstrikes are mainly targeting IS positions around the administrative buildings in the city center.

“The fighters on the ground are handling the IS snipers, who are spread everywhere among the houses, while at the same time, the military engineering unit is trying to claw the way through the mines planted along the roads and streets to reach the last hideouts of IS militants in Sirte.” Al-Ghasri indicated.

The media office of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos, posted some photos that show a workshop for making explosives that was seized by its forces on Wednesday. The photos showed that the workshop contains a huge number of explosives, rockets, and delayed-action bombs as well as containers of dangerous substances, fuses and important documents.

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