TRIPOLI, A mass grave containing 75 bodies has been found near the former jihadist bastion of Sirte in western Libya, an official said.
Mohamad al-Amial, the coastal city's municipal council spokesman, said the mass grave was uncovered in an agricultural area of Al-Daheir, west of Sirte.
Seventy-five decomposed bodies were recovered in the presence of the public prosecutor, Sirte's security force and the Red Crescent, he said.
Amial said the find was made a few days ago and that the bodies were believed to be of Daesh group members, although there was no confirmation.
Daesh militants overran Sirte, 600 kilometres east of Tripoli, in June 2015.
Forces of Libya's UN-backed unity government expelled Daesh from the coastal city in December 2016 after eight months of deadly combat. The group has since pulled back to desert outposts.
It claimed responsibility for a suicide attack last month on the Tripoli headquarters of Libya's National Oil Corporation that killed two staffers as well as an assault in May on the country's electoral commission in which 14 people died.
Daesh took advantage of the anarchy in Libya after the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer al-Kadhafi in 2011 to establish footholds in several parts of the country.
Since their defeat in Sirte, the jihadists have kept up the fight from rural areas of western Libya. In April, the Tripoli-based unity government launched a campaign to flush them out.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK