Benghazi, Aug 31 (AP) Two military officials say a suspected Islamic State militant drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint east of the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, killing two policemen. Also Read - 7 Indians Kidnapped in Libya Released, to Return to Their Homes After Formalities: MEA

The officials said today’s blast at Nofaliya, 130 kilometers (81 miles) east of Sirte, also wounded two soldiers from the Libyan National Army. Also Read - Fears Rise as Libya FM Claims Women-Children Buried Alive by Haftar Forces, UN Chief Expresses Deep Shock as 8 Mass Graves Discovered

The attack came just over a week after IS militants beheaded 11 people in an attack on a checkpoint in the central district of al-Jufra, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Sirte, which IS held until Libyan forces expelled the militants late last year. Also Read - No Military Intervention Needed in Libya, Say Italy And Egypt

Bands of IS militants are believed to be roaming Libya’s vast deserts around Sirte, preying on travelers and attacking isolated outposts belonging to the army or rival militias.


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