ISIS carried out three suicide car bombings Sunday against forces allied with Libya’s unity government battling to retake the city of Sirte, an official said.
“Three explosions from cars driven by Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombers targeted our forces in Sirte,” Rida Issa, a spokesman for the unity government’s forces, told AFP.
“There are several wounded among our forces,” he said, without providing further details.
One bomber blew up his car a few meters (yards) from a group of pro-government fighters near the Abu Hadi roundabout in the city’s southeast, Issa said.
The other bombers targeted pro-government forces and a field hospital in the city’s west.
Militants from ISIS had barricaded themselves in the center of Sirte, hoping to draw militias fighting to dislodge them into a protracted street battle, a spokesman for the fighters loyal to the U.N.-backed government said Sunday.