BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Warplanes carried out three air strikes on the Libyan city of Derna on Monday (May 29), a witness said, days after Egypt launched strikes on militant camps there which it said trained the terrorists responsible for an attack on Egyptian Christians.
On Friday (May 26), Egyptian fighter jets struck Derna just hours after masked militants boarded vehicles en route to a monastery and opened fire at close range on Coptic Christian travellers in the southern Egyptian province of Minya, killing 29 and wounding 24.
No military sources immediately confirmed Monday's strikes. The witness said one attack hit the western entrance to Derna and the other two hit Dahr al-Hamar in the south.
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Friday's attack in Egypt, the latest targeting the Christian minority there following two church bombings last month that killed more than 45 and which were also claimed by the group.
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Derna has a history of Islamist militancy. ISIS first tried to set up its presence in Libya in the city in 2014, but was later chased out by local fighters and rival Islamists with strong roots in the city.