Jul 30, 10:04 AM EDT

Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold



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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan officials say a rival jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna in fighting that killed 39 militants on both sides.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters, said Thursday that at least 26 IS fighters were killed the night before when the Shura Council of Jihadis attacked the group in the coastal city, where the IS group gained its first foothold in Libya last year.

Medical officials say 13 Council fighters were killed and 20 wounded.

The Council said the push Wednesday night had driven the last IS remnants from the city center. It plans to pursue the remaining IS fighters, who have fled to the nearby mountain suburb of al-Fatayah.

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