The Minister of Defence, Salah al-Din al-Namroush, has underscored that the Libyan army did not liberate Sirte from the ISIS terrorist group to hand it over to the mercenaries and criminals.

His remarks came yesterday, to mark the fourth anniversary of the liberation of the city of Sirte from the extremist organization at the hands of "Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous" forces, affiliated with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

On the 6th of December 2016, the GNA forces defeated ISIS in their final stronghold in Algiza district in Sirte, bringing an end to eight months of combat and the rule of the terror group in the city.

"The 6th of December is a feast day for all Libyans, in this day, the heroes of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous wrote an epic and brought pride to the future generation," Al-Namroush said.

Minister Al-Namroush promised the "killers" regardless of their nationality, who came to Libya to carry out terrorist attacks that they would face the same fate.

"What is happening today is similar to what happened four years ago; the enemy is one, even if the names differ," Al-Namroush added, stressing that the Libyan army would continue its approach towards all criminals until regaining control across the country.