90 bodies of IS terrorists found near Sirte after US airstrike

Part of t devastation from last week’s US air strikes

Libyan forces say they have found about 90 bodies of militants at an IS camp hit by US air strikes last week.

The forces posted pictures of camouflaged desert hideouts and said the sites were being used for training.

Shells, suicide belts and booby traps had been recovered there, they said.

Two suspected militants were arrested and four others who refused to surrender were killed.

The forces, led by brigades from the city of Misurata, drove IS from its stronghold in the coastal town of Sirte in December after a seven-month campaign backed US air strikes, Reuters reported.

The Pentagon said last week that more than 80 militants, some plotting attacks in Europe, were killed when B-2 bombers dropped about 100 precision guided munitions on ISIL camps about 45 kilometres south-west of Sirte.

It said the strikes targeted militants who had fled from Sirte, but the Misurata-led forces said most of those found at the sites of the strikes were not among those who had fled Sirte.

The forces gave no details of the militants’ nationalities or where they were thought to have been previously.

Pictures posted alongside their statement showed desert shelters covered with canvas or plastic sheeting and branches, and a hideout dug into the sand.

There were also pictures of a number of several dead bodies, burnt out vehicles, weapons and satellite phones.

About 70 bodies had been found in one location and 20 bodies at another spot. The forces did not say how far apart the two sites were.

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