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9 soldiers, 2 civilians beheaded at checkpoint in Libya: Pro-Haftar forces

The attack was controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Hatar south of Tripoli

AFP| PTI  |  Benghazi (Libya) 

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At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday after an on a controlled by Libyan strongman south of Tripoli, a spokesman for his forces said.

"At least nine were beheaded... In addition to two civilians" at the about 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of Tripoli, Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari said, blaming the jihadist group for the gruesome

No group has yet claimed the at dawn on a run by Haftar's forces in the Al-Jufra region.

Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army seized the area, including a key air base, in June from the Benghazi Defence Brigades coalition which includes Islamists driven out of Libya's second city by the field marshal's forces.

Analysts and sources say IS remains active in Libya, particularly the south, despite losing its stronghold of Sirte in December 2016.

has been rocked by chaos since the 2011 fall and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed revolution.

Jihadists, and have gained a foothold in as multiple authorities and dozens of militias vie for power.

First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 20:12 IST