Islamic State fighters head to south of Libya

In this photo released on Sunday, June 28, 2015, by a website of Islamic State militants, an Islamic State militant waves his group's flag as he and another celebrate in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. Iraqi army Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi says IS stands out in its ability to conduct multiple battles simultaneously. (Militant website via AP)

Benghazi Scores of Islamic State fighters are quitting their bases in Libya and heading south fearing Western air strikes.

The development poses a threat to African countries in the Sahel region including Chad and Niger, officials have warned.

The group has seized large areas of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, it’s been suggested, raising fears it could destabilize the region.

ISIS (Islamic State) are moving toward southern Libya to avoid the likely air strikes from the European coalition,” said Colonel Mahamane Laminou Sani, director of documentation and military intelligence for Niger’s armed forces.

“If something like that happens, the whole Sahel is (affected),” he added

With continuous fears, it could be a threat to the survival of the region which stands to affect the Sahara Desert to the Sudan Savanna, which is already home to al Qaeda (AQIM) elements.

Officials add that the United States Africa Command may have to play a key role in combating the group which is pushing the limits to achieve substantial damage.

Source- Africa News

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