By Libya Herald reporter.
Misrata, 7 June 2015:
Islamic State fighters launched a lighting strike this morning on the checkpoint at the crossroads . . .[restrict]at Abu Grain, some 100 kilometres south east of Misrata and 270 kilometres west of Sirte, killing three guards. The three had their throats slit.
Reports that they were then beheaded have not been confirmed, not that two guards were wounded.
IS launched the attack from three sides according to survivors, from the south, west and east. It was over very quickly. The militants withdraw before reinforcements could arrive at the checkpoint, under the control of military police from Misrata.
It is the first time that IS has ventured so far west from its base at Sirte.
Despite the distance from Misrata, Abu Grain is part of its municipal area, being the south-eastern “entrance” to the city, However, the checkpoint was small, guarded by no more than some half dozen men, unlike Dafniya where there are usually around two dozen.
The dead have been named as Khaled Abu Fanas, Othman Baiyu and Abdulgassim Al-Shargasi [/restrict]