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Bullet-riddled bodies found outside Tripoli

Bodies found outside TripoliTwenty eight bodies with bullet wounds and torture marks were discovered west of Libya’s capital where there have been clashes between rival armed factions, a local human rights group said.

Ahmad Hamza, of Libya’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), said the victims were fighters opposed to government-aligned coalition forces, who were arrested before they were killed.

Locals found the bodies near a road in Alhira, south-west of Tripoli, Hamza said.

The town is in Wershafana area, where fighting broke out last week when coalition forces nominally aligned with the internationally recognised government in Tripoli launched a campaign against rival armed groups, including loyalists of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The victims’ families were not allowed to receive the bodies for “reasons not known”, Hamza said.

“According to the fact-finding, monitoring and documentation section of NCHR, there are signs of torture and they were shot in the chest and head,” he said.

Wershafana region has been largely cut off from the capital for several years and is notorious for violence and criminal activity.

The military council of Zintan is participating in the campaign against rival armed groups and said it aimed to deal with “murder, kidnapping and acts of barbarism in the region.”

There was no immediate comment from the Zintan military council after the bodies were discovered.

Recent fighting displaced about 480 families, although around 100 have since returned home, according to local authorities.