Libya: Forces killed in suicide attack outside Sirte
June 19, Tripoli: A suicide car bombing has killed at least 10 members of forces allied to Libya's internationally backed government west of the coastal city of Sirte, hospital sources said.
Seven others were wounded in Thursday's attack which was blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
"Ten dead and seven wounded were brought in ... after a suicide attack carried out by Daesh [an Arabic name for ISIL] in Abu Grein," 130km west of Sirte, a source at the central hospital in Misrata told the AFP news agency.
The UN-backed government forces have recently launched an offensive from the western city of Misrata against ISIL fighters.
The fighting in Sirte, the final ISIL stronghold in the oil-rich country, started in early May.
The government-allied fighters face increasing resistance from ISIL, which has retaliated with roadside bombs and suicide attacks.
Sirte is around 450km east of Tripoli, is strategically important because it links Libya's east and west.
The Oslo Times International News Network