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42 bodies found in a mass grave in Sirte (Libya)

News 360 logo News 360 2022-10-02 Daniel Stewart

Libyan authorities announced Sunday the discovery of a mass grave in Sirte containing the bodies of 42 people allegedly executed by the Islamic State jihadist group during the period when it controlled the city.

Libyan forces, backed by U.S. aerial bombardment, drove Islamic State out of Sirte, a coastal city they had seized in 2015, in December 2016.

The bodies have been exhumed on the beach of Sirte in the presence of officials from the Public Prosecutor's Office and Libyan Red Crescent staff, the General Authority for the Search and Identification of Missing Persons said in a statement reported by the Arraed portal.

"The work team took samples of the bones to be transferred to the laboratories of the investigative commission, prior to the final burial of the remains," the note said.

Sirte beach was the site where Islamic State executed 21 people, mostly Coptic Egyptians, in February 2015. The executions were published in a video, after which Egypt launched coordinated bombings with the Libyan Army against the jihadist group's positions in the east of the country.

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