ISIS executes 22 militants in Gaddafi’s hometown

2015-08-14 15:27
The late Muammar Gaddafi. (File: AP)

The late Muammar Gaddafi. (File: AP)

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Cairo (dpa) - Militants aligned with the Islamic State on Friday executed 22 wounded members of a rival militia in the Libyan city of Sirte, the hometown of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan media reported.

Fighters from the extremist group entered a hospital in the city and executed the 22 injured rival fighters. They mutilated their bodies and set the facility on fire, news website al-Wasat reported, citing unnamed local sources.

The militants have besieged Sirte's District No 3 since Wednesday.

At least 106 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Islamic State affiliates and local tribesmen in the city, the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya reported quoting an unnamed local official.

Deepening anarchy

Libya has been in chaos since Gaddafi's toppling four years ago. An internationally recognized government has been based in the east of the country for a year after it was driven out of Tripoli by militias who set up their own government.

Most of the dead on Friday were members of the Ferjan tribe who refused to pledge allegiance to the radical organisation, according to the report.

Violence in Sirte erupted after the body of prominent Muslim cleric Khaled bin Rajeb was found in a suburban area of the Mediterranean city.

Islamic State insurgents are believed to have killed the cleric for refusing to pledge allegiance to them.

The reports could not be independently verified.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, accused Islamic State of "perpetrating genocidal crimes" in Sirte.

In an online statement, he called on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo imposed on Libya after the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi.

Islamic State established a foothold in Sirte earlier this year, taking advantage of deepening anarchy in the country.

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