ISIS, Qaeda militants clash in Libya after leader is killed

2015-06-10 12:37
Smoke rises following an air strike in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi. (Abdullah Doma, AFP)

Smoke rises following an air strike in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi. (Abdullah Doma, AFP)

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Benghazi - Al-Qaeda-linked militants are battling an ISIS affiliate in eastern Libya after one of their leaders was shot dead by masked gunmen.

Nasr Akr, an al-Qaeda-inspired militant once jailed in the UK on terrorism charges, was assassinated along with his aide in the eastern town of Darna, home to many of Libya's veteran jihadists.

Akr's group, known as the Shura Council of Darna's Jihadists, announced his killing in a statement on Wednesday, blaming it on Islamic State militants and vowing retaliation.

Akr's killing sparked heavy fighting, leaving at least nine ISIS militants dead, witnesses said.

ISIS seized control of Darna last year. ISIS began as an al-Qaeda affiliate but later had a bitter falling out with the global jihadist network. The two groups have also clashed in Syria.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  isis  |  libya  |  north africa  |  security

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