TRIPOLI – Western Libyan militias freed 15 people kidnapped almost a year ago by the Libyan branch of the Islamic State.
The official spokesman for the militia alliance seeking to recover Sirte, Mohamad al-Gasri, explained to EFE that the freed hostages were nine Libyans, three Koreans, two Indians and a Palestinian.
They were kidnapped by the IS when the group took the area and were held in district 3, the only one left in the hands of IS.
Al-Gasri also reported that a Libyan militant was killed and three wounded when a device exploded in that neighborhood, which is believed to be home of 200 jihadists.
This alliance of militias, led by the militia of Misrata city, launched in late August the final assault on the port city of Sirte, occupied by the IS since February 2015.