Libya infighting kills 11 from rival militant groups
Iran Press TV
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:59PM
Clashes between two rival militant groups in eastern Libya have killed 11 members as al-Qaeda-linked terrorists declared war on a local ISIL affiliate after one of their top leaders was shot dead by masked gunmen.
The infighting broke out on Wednesday after assailants reportedly killed Nasr Akr, a 55-year-old militant leader affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Akr, who had also operated in Afghanistan, was killed along with his assistant. His group, known as the Shura Council of Derna, announced his assassination in a Wednesday statement, blaming it on the rival ISIL-linked terrorists. Derna, located roughly 300 kilometers (about 190 miles) from Libya's border with Egypt, is regarded as a base for the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in eastern Libya.
At least nine militants affiliated with ISIL and two from the so-called council were killed in the Wednesday infighting. The council also vowed to wage war against the rivals until "none of them are left."
ISIL has gathered local support in the eastern Libyan city, but the terrorists are engaged in fierce rivalry with other militant groups in the country, which has been in chaos since last summer.
The Libya Dawn faction took control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in July 2014. They established their own government in the city, whereas the internationally-recognized government of Libya is based in the eastern cities of Bayda and Tobruk.
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