Libyan militia 'arrests leader of Islamic State branch'

Libyan militia 'arrests leader of  Islamic State branch'

A Libyan militia loyal to the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli says it has arrested the leader of the so-called 'Islamic State' branch for a western city bombed by US forces last week.

The Special Deterrent Force said in a Facebook post that it had detained the city of Sabratha's 'IS' leader Mohammed Saad al-Tajouri - also known as Abu Sulieman - and killed dozens of 'IS' members in a gun battle.

The SDF said he was sent by 'IS' leaders in Sirte - a central city controlled by 'IS' - to take charge of Sabratha.

The militia said it will release videos of the arrest and al-Tajouri's purported confessions.

'IS' tried to take over Sabratha yesterday by storming the security headquarters and beheading at least 12 SDF fighters inside.

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