Egypt launches second air strike on IS

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

Egyptian warplanes have staged a second wave of air strikes against the Islamic State group in neighbouring Libya.

Officials said the aircraft struck in Darna, an extremist stronghold in eastern Libya, which had been the focus of the first wave of air strikes.

The action is in retaliation for the extremists’ beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, as revealed in an online video released on Sunday night.

In Libya, a security official said Darna and its suburbs were rocked by the sound of massive explosions around lunchtime.

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