By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 2 May 2016:
Three children, not four as earlier reported, died in an mine explosion in Benghazi’s Gwarsha district . . .[restrict]today. They were killed when they returned to their home in the district. It appears that they were victims of a booby trap left behind by terrorists when they retreated from the area.
The deaths of the unnamed children came on a day of otherwise general calm. There are no reports of any advances by the army against the militants’ last key Benghazi position around the tourist village at Ganfouda. Likewise the militants still appear to be in control of the downtown districts of Sabri and Sue Al-Hut.
Reports that troops had had contact today with IS forces in Nufaliyah have been denied by a senior military source. The army appears still to be grouping near Ajdabiya before pressing westward. There is still little evidence of the much-heralded “Qurdabiya 2” three-pronged Misratan/LNA operation against IS of six days ago.
Yesterday there were reports from Sirte that IS fighters had largely disappeared from the streets except to man an increased number of roadblocks. A Sirte resident who had already fled with his family to Misrata said that many people still in the town were desperate to get permission from IS to leave. [/restrict]