On Friday, Sabratha’s municipal council posted images of what it said was the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike near the Tunisian border that killed at least 40 people, including possibly a senior Islamic State leader.

The photographs showed mounds of concrete rubble, large craters ringed by palm trees and wounded men being treated at local hospitals. It was unclear whether the men shown in the photographs were wounded militants.

A statement accompanying the photos said that rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons had been found under the rubble, and that local officials confirmed that the compound had been “rented” by a Tunisian national. The photographs did not show any weapons at the site. However, emergency teams were working to remove bodies from some of the structures targeted at the site, the statement said.

The attack targeted Noureddine Chouchane, also known as Sabir, an Islamic State militant believed to be responsible for attacking popular tourists sites in Tunisia.

Local reports say militant fighters had gathered in a large farmhouse to hear a religious leader, and one of the posters in the images also shows writing related to the Islamic State, stating: "Abu Talha — the teacher," according to the New York Times.


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