Libyan military forces have recaptured a main checkpoint manned by the Islamic State.
According to the country’s military spokesman, Mohamed Al-Gasri, the military forces seized the Abu Grain checkpoint in Misrata on Tuesday.
During the capture, seven members of the armed forces were killed and several others were wounded.
These victories that were realized today are evidence of the great training.
“Of course the forces today implemented the plans required of them and it was a success from God. From all of the approaches, on arrival at the gates of Abu Grain the forces stormed the southern axes and liberated the areas of Boungim and Zemzam and they have been completely liberated,” said Al-Gasri.
“These victories that were realized today are evidence of the great training and the brilliance of the Libyan disciplined military forces, and their supporting forces. Today the distance gained is over 60 to 70 kilometres,” he added.
The Islamic State’s stronghold in Libya is the city of Sirte, though it also has some presence in other major cities including Benghazi.
According to reports, ISIS has about 2000 to 3000 fighters in the war-torn country.
Since the ousting of long time ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the oil rich nation has suffered blows of attacks from Islamist militants battling for territory and recognition in the country.