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5 killed in suicide blast as ISIS makes gains in Libya

Men watch as bulldozers remove debris in front of a damaged building after a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint Sunday in Dafniya outside Mistrata, Libya.STRINGER/REUTERS

Men watch as bulldozers remove debris in front of a damaged building after a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint Sunday in Dafniya outside Mistrata, Libya.

BENGHAZI, Libya — A suicide car bomber from an Islamic State affiliate struck Sunday at an entrance to Libya’s western coastal city of Misrata, killing five people and wounding seven, a local militia spokesman said.

Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters posted a claim of responsibility. Also on Sunday, the Islamic State group took control of the town of Hawara, east of Sirte, after a week-long siege of the town, a local lawmaker, Saad AbuSharada, said.

The new capture leaves the Libyan ISIS affiliate positioned to move freely further east, where the country’s rich oil fields lie, or to the south.

Libya has been torn among powerful armed militias that have left the country with two rival parliaments and governments. Islamist-allied militias from Misrata control the capital Tripoli, setting up their own parliament and government. They pushed out the elected parliament, which now meets in the eastern city of Tobruk.

Government forces and allied militias are also battling Islamist radical groups who operate in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city.

The local ISIS affiliate also controls the central city of Sirte and the eastern city of Darna.

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Nation / World – NY Daily News

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