Islamic state seizes power plant near Libyan city of Sirte: military source

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 6:21 AM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have seized a power plant west of the Libyan city of Sirte, the group and a military source said on Tuesday.

"The plant ... was taken," Islamic State said in a message on social media. "Now the city of Sirte has been freed completely."

Forces loyal to the self-declared government that controls the Libyan capital Tripoli pulled out of Sirte after Islamic State attacked the plant. Three soldiers were killed in the attack, the military source said.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli, Ahmed Elumami and Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Gareth Jones)