15 People kidnapped by IS in Libya freed

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Tripoli, Sep 16 (IANS) Western Libyan militias freed 15 people kidnapped almost a year ago by the Libyan branch of the Islamic State (IS).

Mohamad al-Gasri, official spokesman for the militia alliance seeking to recover Sirte, told Efe news agency that the freed hostages consisted of nine Libyans, three Koreans, two Indians and a Palestinian.

They were kidnapped by the IS when the group took district 3, the only area left in the hands of IS.

Al-Gasri also reported that a Libyan militant was killed and three were wounded when a device exploded in the neighbourhood, which is believed to be home to 200 jihadists.

This alliance of militias, led by the militia of Misrata city, launched in late August the final assault on the port city of Sirte, occupied by the IS since February 2015.

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