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Benghazi: The bodies of 36 people shot dead have been found near Benghazi, in eastern Libya, a security official said Sunday.

The bodies, found in Al Abyar, around 70 kilometers east of Benghazi, were of suspected extremists including 19 foreigners, the official said.

The United Nations mission in Libya said it “condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crime resulting in the killing of at least 36” people.

It called for an immediate investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Controversial strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose self-proclaimed Libyan National Army controls the region, ordered an inquiry to find their killers, the pro-Haftar LANA news agency reported.

In Tripoli, a national unity government opposed to an eastern administration backed by Haftar called the killings a “heinous crime and a horrible act,” and said it would also launch an investigation.

Fighters in Haftar’s LNA, which has battled extremist groups since 2014, have in the past been accused of involvement in summary executions.

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