United Nation Chief, Ban Ki-moon, has warned that Islamic State may set up new terror cells in Libya and North Africa as Libyan forces continue to narrow down against the Takfiri militants in Sirte which is their major stronghold.
UN Chief in a report to UN Security Council expressed concerns citing the recent gains against the Islamic State terrorist group in Libya could possibly lead its members including foreign fighters relocating camps and regrouping in smaller and geographically dispersed cells throughout Libya and in neighboring countries.
Ban Ki-moon further warned that the defeat of Islamic State in their stronghold of Sirte likely to push many militants to flee south as well as west, possibly to Tunisia.
Libya’s Sirte, the major Daesh stronghold outside Iraq and Syria fell to the hands of the Takfiris in February 2015.
According to the Ban Ki-moon’s report, there are between 2,000 and 5,000 Daesh terrorists from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Mauritania are fighting in Sirte, Tripoli and Derna.
Somalia and Tanzania also believed to have an Islamic State cell that parted ways with Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab.