Armed Islamist militants smashed up memorials and kicked over headstones of WWII dead buried in two cemeteries in Benghazi
Footage has emerged of armed Islamist militants smashing memorials, damaging crucifixes and kicking over headstones at the Benghazi War Cemetery and the Benghazi British Military Cemetery.
The incident, which is thought to have taken place last week, is believed to have been a revenge attack after US soldiers accidentally burned copies of the Koran in Afghanistan.
The extremists reportedly vandalised more than 150 graves of British and Commonwealth servicemen killed in north Africa during World War II.
The shocking video clips of the attack was posted on the internet.
After the footage emerged, Libyan authorities issued an apology and vowed to catch those responsible.
In a statement, the National Transitional Council said: “The Transitional National Assembly records its deep regret at what happened.
“It strongly condemns these acts which are incompatible with the teachings of Shariah phalanx, it pledges to work to address this phenomenon and the prosecution of the perpetrators in accordance with Libyan law which criminalises such acts.”
On its website, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said that headstones had been “broken and disfigured” at both cemeteries last weekend.
It added: “Both cemeteries will be restored to a standard befitting the sacrifice of those commemorated at Benghazi, but this could take some time because we will need to source replacement stones.”
There are 1,214 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at the Benghazi War Cemetery.
According to the CWGC, 163 of the burials are unidentified. The Benghazi British Military Cemetery has 284 burials, 11 of them unidentified.
The government should send a team over there to reopen the graves and return our dead back to home soil,also take DNA and try to put names to these hero’s.
WHAT WILL THESE SAVAGES DO NEXT DIG UP OUR WAR DEAD,