TRIPOLI – A strike by an unidentified aircraft hit a convoy outside a Libyan stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday, officials said.
“A convoy was hit by an airstrike” outside the coastal city of Sirte, a colonel with the air force loyal to the Tripoli administration said.
“It is believed that it was an Islamic State convoy, but the target has not yet been identified,” he said.
“This airstrike was not coordinated with our government,” he added.
A member of the security committee of the city’s municipal council said the convoy left Sirte and was then targeted “about 150 km (95 miles) southwest of the city.
“It was completely destroyed,” he said.
He had no immediate word on the death toll.
On Feb. 19, a U.S. airstrike near Sabratha, west of Tripoli, targeted a suspected Islamic State training camp, killing 50 people.
Islamic State has taken advantage of the chaos since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi to spread its influence in the oil-rich country.
Last June, the group seized Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, raising fears that it is establishing a new stronghold on Europe’s doorstep.
Libya has had two rival administrations since the internationally recognized government fled Tripoli in mid-2014, after the Fajr Libya militia alliance overran the capital and set up its own parliament.