TRIPOLI

Landmines planted by warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militia have killed 39 civilians south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the country’s national mine action authority on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Libyan Center for Mine Clearance and War Remnants said 71 civilians were also injured by Haftar’s explosives.

It, however, did not specify a date for the casualties.

The Libyan army recently inflicted heavy blows to 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.

*Bassel Ibrahim contributed to this report from Ankara

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