40 severed heads found in Benghazi, Libya

CAIRO, 11 FEB – Forty severed heads were found in a training camp that the Libyan regular army took back from islamists militias, Libyan sources and media said Wednesday. The hospital of Bengasi received “forty human heads with no bodies”, said medical sources who did not further speculate on the finding made by Libyan special forces on patrol in the area.

Egyptian agency Mena quoted a Benghazi medical centre press office source as saying that the heads were recovered “in a training camp in the area of Bou Atny” taken back from the “Shura”, the coalitian of islamist militias active in the second Libyan city.

Although the agency does not specify it, the “training camp” is presumably a different place from the strategic “base” Libyan special forces regained control of according to an Arab newspaper. The Libyan regular army and Islamist militias with ties to ISIS have been fighting for the control of Benghazi. Rebel forces lost the port and some of their strongholds and have retreated to a few pockets of resistance according to information provided by the army…

More from today on Libya:

(Long War Journal): Ansar al Sharia Libya leader met with Osama bin Laden, followed his ‘methodology’: Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group’s leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be a “martyr.”

Nadhari’s audio recording, which was released via Twitter on Feb. 6, has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Like other Ansar al Sharia leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, Zahawi had an al Qaeda pedigree. In Yemen, Ansar al Sharia is merely a front for AQAP.

(Reuters) Libya struggles to keep electricity on

(Reuters) Libyan factions hold U.N.-backed peace talks

(Reuters) Libyan PM suspends interior minister for criticizing army general

(New York Times) UN Rights Chief Says All Libyan Sides Have Committed Abuses