Daesh Fighters Flee Northwestern Libyan Town Hit by US Airstrikes - Reports

© REUTERS / Sabratha municipality media officeA view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State in Sabratha, Libya, in this February 19, 2016 handout picture
A view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State in Sabratha, Libya, in this February 19, 2016 handout picture - Sputnik International
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Daesh militants fled the Libyan city of Sabratha, which came under US airstrikes, in a number of directions aboard vehicles armed with ammunition, according to Arabic media.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group militants began evacuating their camp in the northwestern Libyan town of Sabratha after it came under US airstrikes, Arabic media reported Saturday, citing witnesses.

The US airstrike targeted a terrorist training camp and Tunisian Daesh leader Noureddine Chouchane on Friday. Serbian officials have indicated that two of their diplomats kidnapped last November may have been killed in the assault.

Daesh militants fled Sabratha in a number of directions aboard vehicles armed with ammunition, according to witnesses interviewed by Al Arabiya.

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They noted that Daesh-affiliated fighters have established a foothold in part of the coastal resort, suggesting people living in the rest of the town may be used as human shields.

The witnesses estimated at least 180 foreign terrorists had congregated in Sabratha awaiting transportation to other Daesh positions, including the Ajaylat camp 5 miles to the southwest.

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