Exhumation teams have found “42 unidentified bodies” at the site of a former school in Sirte
The remains of 42 people have been found in a mass grave in the Libyan city of Sirte, a former stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) group, authorities said Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. Exhumation teams found “42 unidentified bodies” at the site of a former school in Sirte, the authorities further specified.
“DNA samples have been taken for analysis in coordination with the forensic medicine service,” a local official added, without elaborating.
Sirte, a central coastal city, was held by IS between 2015 and 2016. The group took advantage of the chaos that gripped much of Libya after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011 in a NATO-backed insurgency.
Gaddafi himself hails from a village in the Sirte region. The terrorist group was driven out by forces loyal to the then Government of National Accord (GNA) in December 2016 after months of fierce house-to-house fighting.
In October 2017, a grave containing the bodies of 21 Coptic Christians executed by the jihadists two years earlier was discovered near the city. Another mass grave containing the remains of 34 Ethiopian Christians was discovered near Sirte in December 2018. This came more than three years after IS released a video showing its men executing at least 28 men described as Ethiopian Christians.