Libyan authorities recover bodies of Copts beheaded in 2015

Updated 07 October 2017
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Libyan authorities recover bodies of Copts beheaded in 2015

BENGHAZI: Libyan authorities have recovered the bodies of 21 Coptic Christian workers, mostly Egyptians, beheaded in 2015 by Daesh in the coastal city of Sirte.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by the media office of anti-Daesh organization Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous, said an arrested Daesh militant, who witnessed the attack, provided details of the incident and the militants involved.
The beheaded bodies in orange uniforms were found with their hands cuffed to the backs, the group said. They included 20 Egyptians and one African. The killings were documented in a grisly video released online by the extremists that shocked Egypt and led it to launch punitive airstrikes.
Libya has descended into chaos since a popular 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi.


One dead in new protests in southern Iraq: medical source

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One dead in new protests in southern Iraq: medical source

Diwaniyah, Iraq: A man was killed Friday during a protest outside the headquarters of an armed group in southern Iraq, a medical source said, as authorities push to contain social unrest.
"A civilian around 20 years old was shot dead," a medical source in the city of Diwaniyah told AFP, as fresh rallies were held across southern Iraq against social and economic woes.
Shots were fired by a guard from the local headquarters of the Badr organisation, a powerful Iranian-backed armed group, where hundreds of people were protesting, the source said.
The latest death brings to nine the number of people killed in the protests, according to multiple sources, while authorities earlier this week said more than 260 security personnel have been wounded.
The unrest erupted in Basra province on July 8 when security forces opened fire, killing one person as protesters demanded jobs and basic services including electricity.
Others killed during the protests were shot by unknown assailants.
The Iraqi government swiftly denounced "vandals" it accused of infiltrating the protests.
The latest demonstrations saw thousands of people gathering across the south and also in the capital Baghdad, where a heavy security presence saw demonstrators dispersed by water canon and tear gas.
The crowds were broken up as they headed towards the fortified Green Zone, a high-security area of Baghdad where the government is headquartered.
In oil-rich Basra, people shouted slogans against the authorities as thousands gathered peacefully outside government headquarters.
Shouting "no to corruption", hundreds of people rallied in Nasiriyah, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of Basra, chanting the anti-graft message which has characterised nearly two weeks of protests.
Demonstrators also surrounded the home of Nasiriyah's governor where security forces responded with tear gas.