Reports: Islamic State members named in papers found in Libya

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government found documents containing the names of some leaders and members of Islamic State when they liberated the city of Sirte, reports in the Libyan and Italian media said Saturday, citing unnamed military officials.

The soldiers found the handwritten and partially fire-damaged notes and papers inside the militant organization's recaptured headquarters in the central city, the Libyan news website Alwasat and Italy's Corriere della Sera reported.

On Monday, pro-government forces said they had captured the Ouagadougou conference halls complex, Islamic State's command centre in Sirte. 

The Libyans are willing to pass on the names to the Italian authorities, the Corriere reported. The documents, which are also believed to include job descriptions for Islamic State's leaders, are currently being assembled and deciphered, it said.

The list of names includes Hassan and Mohammed al-Karami, previously linked to the self-styled Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shura Council, which is active in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, Alwasat alleged.

There were also plans for attacks among the documents, the Italian paper said.

Dozens, possibly hundreds, of militant Islamic State supporters are now heading for Europe via Italy, the newspaper claimed, many using the people-trafficking boat routes across the Mediterranean.

Some Islamic State supporters are already in the Milan area, according to the paper.

Since the start of 2016, some 95,000 refugees have arrived in Italy by boat. In July alone, the European Union's border control agency Frontex estimates that 25,300 made the journey, or 12 per cent more than in July 2015.

Frontex says most of the migrants come from Nigeria and Eritrea.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 18:15
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