Russian Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts

The United States military command in Africa has accused the Kremlin-connected military contractor Wagner Group of violating a United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans by laying land mines and improvised explosive devices in and around Tripoli.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement on July 15 that it had “verified photographic evidence” showing “indiscriminately placed” booby traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to Sirte, a coastal city about 450 kilometers to the southeast.

“The Russian-state sponsored Wagner Group is demonstrating a total disregard for the safety and security of Libyans,” said U.S. Marine Corps Major General Bradford Gering, director of operations of U.S. Africa Command.

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