U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes early on Friday morning in the western Libyan city of Sabratha, where Islamic State militants operate, killing as many as 40 people.
A U.S. military spokesman said the attacks targeted a senior Tunisian militant linked to attacks in Tunisia last year.
Sabratha’s mayor, Hussein al-Thwadi, told Reuters the planes struck at 3.30 A.M., hitting a building in the Qasr Talil district in which foreign workers were living. He said 41 people had been killed and six wounded. The death toll could not immediately be confirmed with other officials.
Tunisian security sources have said they believe Tunisian Islamic State fighters have been trained in camps near Sabratha, which is close to the Tunisian border.
Two major attacks in Tunisia last year claimed by Islamic State – one on a Sousse resort hotel and another on a Tunis museum – were carried out by gunmen who officials said had trained in Libya.