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Islamic State leader in Libya 'killed in US airstrike'

An American airstrike has targeted and 'killed a top Islamic State leader' in Libya, a senior US official says.

The official says the airstrike struck a command and control centre near the eastern port city of Darnah and probably killed Abu Nabil and others with him. Officials are still assessing the results of the strike but called Nabil's death strongly probable.

The official says the strike by an F-15 fighter jet took place shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks were under way, but had been planned for some time. The aircraft were in the air when the attacks began in France.

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