IGO condemns the death of 7 Christian Egyptians in Libya

IGO condemns the death of 7 Christian Egyptians in Libya 25 February 2014

Egyptian Coptic Christian holds cross during a demonstration outside Egyptian embassy in Athens

The bodies of seven Egyptian Christians have been found near the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Security officials reported the victims had died after being shot in the head and chest.

Col. Ibrahim al-Sharaa, the spokesman of Benghazi’s Joint Security Operation Room, said that the bodies were found on Monday in an area called Garoutha, 30 kilometers from the city center. The ages of the dead range between 17 and 25, he said.

The Libyan government has struggled to impose order since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and killings and assassinations have become common.

IGO calls on Libyan authorities to carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the motives of the crime and uphold its obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture.