141 killed in attack on Libyan airbase: military sources

141 killed in attack on Libyan airbase: military sources

Tripoli (May 20, 2017): At least 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar have been killed in an attack on a southern airbase.      

Members of the Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli on Thursday attacked the base used by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), military sources said.

LNA spokesman Ahmad al-Mesmari late Friday said, “The soldiers were returning from a military parade. They were not armed. Most of them were executed.”

The GNA said in a statement late Friday a commission of inquiry had been set up to investigate the attack.

The UN envoy to Libya earlier on Friday voiced alarm at reports of the attack on the base, 650 kilometres (400 miles) south of Tripoli.

“I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place,” UN envoy Martin Kobler said in a statement.

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