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TRIPOLI, A US airstrike targeting Daesh terrorists in Libya killed three civilians, according to the Libyan Foundation for Human Rights, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The US raid on a valley in Bani Walid (city) killed three civilians, who have no links with extremist groups. The victims were traveling in a car unarmed and unwarned,” the Libyan human rights organisation said in a statement Thursday.
“The civilian victims were present with the target Abdal’ati Eshtewi Abu-Setta for social purposes, after their relatives confirmed that they did not take part in any terrorist acts, and were not issued arrest warrants by the security authorities,” the statement said.
Abu-Setta was reportedly one of the most prominent Daesh leaders in Libya wanted by local and US authorities.
The Libyan Foundation for Human Rights also said that, in coordination with the families of the victims, a request for investigation will be presented, holding the UN-backed government and the US administration responsible for their deaths.
The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Wednesday said that a US airstrike targeted and killed four Daesh terrorists, including a senior leader, on the outskirts of Bani Walid, some 180 km southeast of the capital Tripoli.
“In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, US forces conducted a precision airstrike near Bani Walid, Libya, on June 6, killing four militants,” AFRICOM said in a statement on Wednesday.
“At this time, we assess no civilians were killed in this strike,” the statement had said.
Source: Nam News Network