Excerpted From The Libya Herald: At least two females who seemed to be civilians surrendering to Bunyan Marsous forces, blew themselves up today after being brought inside BM lines, killing four fighters and injuring more than a dozen others.
One of the women had brought two children with her, reported Reuters, but did not detonate her explosives until the infants had been taken to an ambulance. The children were reportedly hungry and dehydrated.
This incident follows the flight of other women from IS positions in recent days, in response to loudhailer calls for civilians to escape while they could. One young Tunisian girl who surrendered earlier this week has had her story of being duped into joining IS given wide publicity by the BM operations room.
Yesterday according to US Africa Command, there were three US air strikes all against terrorist positions. There have now been 470 American raids since August.
On Wednesday a BM commander was reported to have said that his men would be holding back from further advances and loss of life. Though tanks, armoured cars and self-propelled guns continue to be in the front line, the attackers have largely been content to bombard terrorist positions while laying down suppressive fire. Keep reading
Excerpted From The Mirror: A female suicide bomber used three children as a decoy to blow herself up in new low for Islamic State.
It’s now feared that more civilian women – in Libya at least – are being brainwashed, forced or cajoled into killing themselves for IS terrorists as fighting intensifies.
Libyan forces, backed by US air strikes, are close to taking full control of the former Islamic State stronghold of Sirte after a campaign lasting more than six months.
But they have had difficulty dislodging terrorists from a final patch of land near the city’s Mediterranean sea front – partly because of concerns about families or captives being held hostage.
During a pause in fighting on Friday, Reuters journalists saw one woman escorting three young children through an alleyway toward waiting Libyan forces.
The Libya Herald reported that the children were hungry and malnourished – which might explain why they were allowed ‘safe passage’.
Shortly after the children were driven away in an ambulance there was a blast as the woman detonated explosives, wounding about a dozen people. Keep reading