Libyan government officials said Sunday they have unearthed a mass grave with 157 bodies of rebel fighters and civilians in an eastern town that was a major battleground during the country’s 2011 civil war.
It is the largest grave yet to be discovered from the conflict that began as a popular uprising and ended with the capture and killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi last October.
Nearly five months after the civil war ended, the country’s new government is struggling to rebuild a national security force, unify the country’s militias and tribes under its authority, and ready the country’s justice system to handle cases of those accused of war crimes, including Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam.
The affects of the war itself are still apparent.
The head of the new government-run missing persons office, Omar al-Obeidi, told The Associated Press that 80 of the bodies discovered in Bin Jawwad have been identified. He said they are all from eastern Libya. The youngest was a 17-year-old male.