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1 killed, 3 children injured by Haftar's mines in Libya

Libyan officials have accused warlord Khalifa Haftar's militia of planting improvised devices in residential areas of Sirte

Diana Shalhoub   | 17.06.2020
1 killed, 3 children injured by Haftar's mines in Libya

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One person died and three children suffered injuries on Wednesday due to mines planted by Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar's militia in eastern Libya.

Brig. Gen. Abdul-Hadi Dara, spokesman for the Sirte and al-Jafra operation, said that a shepherd died from a landmine explosion in the Um al-Khanfas area, east of Sirte, while three children sustained injuries from a mine explosion in the al-Za'faran area.

Earlier today, Libyan officials told a press conference that Haftar's militia and Russian mercenaries planted improvised explosive devices in residential areas in the central city of Sirte.

On Tuesday, the Libyan Center for Mine Clearance and War Remnants said that landmines planted by Haftar's militia had killed 39 civilians and injured 71 others south of the capital Tripoli.

The Libyan Army recently inflicted heavy blows on Haftar and liberated Tripoli and Tarhuna, in addition to other strategic locations, including Al-Watiya airbase, from his militia.

The internationally recognized government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.

* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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