LNA Spokesman Announces Killing of IS Commander in Libya


On Tuesday, the Spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced the killing of Abu Abdullah, a commander of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Sebha.

In a statement, Al-Mismari said that they had received intelligence confirming the existence of a terrorist group within the residential Abdul Kafi neighborhood in Sebha. Units of the 116 Infantry Brigade clashed with the terrorists during a continuous seven-hour battle.

Al-Mismari pointed out that nine terrorists were killed, and two women were injured. One of the women was identified as Sanaa Abdel-Hadi Salem, the wife of IS member Othman Al-Abbar, who was killed in the clashes.The second woman, who is an Egyptian national, was identified as Naglaa Mahmoud Afifi Hussein, the wife of another IS commander in Libya.

The LNA spokesman pointed out that several other people were arrested, including a Libyan citizen, three Saudis, an Egyptian, a Sudanese, a Nigerian, and an Ivorian national.

Al-Mismari stressed that the investigations did not disclose the real name of the killed commander, nicknamed Abu Abdullah. He stated that his wife had also claimed that she didn’t know his name.

Local sources indicated that the extremists were part of the mercenaries that Turkey brought earlier this year from Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), stated that Ankara deployed more than 17,000 fighters from Syria, to fight alongside the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), in western Libya. It pointed out that among these mercenaries were extremists, and elements of IS and Al-Qaeda.