Libyan leaders find a mass grave having more than 1000 bodies

September 26th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tripoli, Sept 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Libyan transitional leaders say they have found a mass grave containing more than 1,000 bodies. The authorities say they suspect the bodies belong to inmates of the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. The inmates were executed in 1996 during a massacre which was carried out by forces loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. Analysts say that particular massacre helped fuel the uprising that forced the former regime of the country to flee. The whereabouts of Gaddafi is currently not known but his family and some of his fighters have entered Algeria and Niger.

NATO forces carried out strikes at Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte where the new interim government of the country is facing fierce resistance from the pocket of Gaddafi-loyalists who are still in the country. It was one of those strikes that revealed the mass grave with bodies of about 1,270 people.

Doctors are working on the remains and they expect to fully identify the victims after DNA analysis. A medical official in the capital Tripoli told reporters that, “We are dealing with more than 1,270 martyrs and must distinguish each one from the other for identification by comparing their DNA with family members… It may take years to reach the truth.”

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