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IS, Al-Qaeda militants clash in Libya after leader killed

PTI 10 Jun 2015, 17:24:52 PM IST

Al-Qaeda-linked militants are battling an Islamic State affiliate in eastern Libya after one of their leaders was shot dead by masked gunmen.

Nasr Akr, an al-Qaeda-inspired militant once jailed in the UK on terrorism charges, was assassinated along with his aide in the eastern town of Darna, home to many of Libya's veteran jihadists.

Akr's group, known as the Shura Council of Darna's Jihadists, announced his killing in a statement today, blaming it on Islamic State militants and vowing retaliation. Akr's killing sparked heavy fighting, leaving at least nine IS militants dead, witnesses said.

IS seized control of Darna last year. The IS group began as an al-Qaeda affiliate but later had a bitter falling out with the global jihadist network.