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Libyan official: 75 bodies of IS militants found near Sirte

AP  |  Benghazi (Libya) 

A Libyan says authorities have uncovered a collective grave containing more than 75 bodies of suspected Islamic State group fighters near the coast city of Sirte, formerly the main in this North African country.

Salem el-Ameel, a for a local force in Sirte, says a resident reported finding the grave about a month ago on his farm in district, east of

He says authorities believe the remains are of IS because "we can tell from their clothes."

IS were driven from in 2016, fleeing inland.

Islamic militants expanded their reach in after the 2011 uprising that plunged the country into chaos and toppled and killed longtime dictator

is currently split between rival governments in the east and the west.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 17:50 IST