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The UN Special Mission in Libya expressed its alarm on Wednesday after reports of summary executions in Benghazi, in which at least nine people being shot dead at the site of a twin car bombing.
Referring to the killings as “brutal and outrageous,” the mission said the UN “demands the handing over of Mahmoud al-Werfalli immediately to the International Criminal Court."
Werfalli is a special forces commander wanted by the ICC allegedly carrying out a number of similar killings.
In a tweet from its official account, the mission added that “it documented at least 5 similar cases, in 2017 alone, carried out or ordered by alWerfalli.”
1/2 UNSMIL is alarmed by reports of brutal and outrageous summary executions in #Benghazi 2day. @UN demands the handing over of Mahmoud alWerfalli immediately to @ICCT_TheHague as it documented at least 5 similar cases, in 2017 alone, carried out or ordered by alWerfalli.— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) January 24, 2018
The photos, which were posted on social media and in local media, appear to show executions in front of Benghazi’s Bayaat al-Radwan mosque, where a twin car bombing on Tuesday left at least 35 people dead.
One of the pictures shows a gunman dressed in military camouflage, pointing a weapon at the head of the first of a row of blindfolded men kneeling in blue jumpsuits in front of damaged mosque gates.
Another photo shows all but three of the people slumped forward on the road as the gunman makes his way along the line. It was unclear who the men were.
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