Libya pro-govt forces say attacking last IS bastion in Sirte


Sirte (Libya) (AFP)

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) said Saturday they have launched a new attack on diehards of the Islamic State group in the coastal city of Sirte.

"We are attacking the last Daesh positions in district three," a GNA fighter told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS. The GNA forces media centre confirmed on Facebook that the attack had begun.

"Our forces are advancing inside the areas where Daesh is, in district three, and so far have taken control of" two banks and a hotel, the media centre said.

One pro-government fighter had been killed, the Misrata hospital's Facebook page said.

An AFP journalist saw ambulances leaving Sirte -- hometown of dead dictator Moamer Kadhafi -- for Misrata to the west.