Mass grave found in Sirte, Libya: security source

A mass grave containing 75 bodies was found west of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte on Tuesday, according to a military source.



A source with the Sirte security forces told Xinhua that the forces were notified by a resident about the mass grave, which had been found in an agricultural area 15 km west of Sirte, 450 km east of the capital Tripoli.



"The force recovered the remains of 75 unidentified persons," the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that "the exhumation of the bodies was carried out in presence of a court representative."



DNA samples had been taken for analysis.



If confirmed, this will be largest mass grave found in Sirte since the city was taken over by government forces in 2015.



Sirte had witnessed months of fighting between forces allied with the UN-backed government and the Islamic State (IS) terrorists, which ended in December 2015 with the government forces taking over the city.