An armed group in Kufra town, southeast Libya, attacked on Friday the shrine of Mahdi Senussi, the father of Libya’s former king Idris Senussi, and exhumed his body.
Sources from the town said the group stormed the shrine late on Friday, dug up the grave and took his body to an unknown location.
It’s the second attack on the shrine. In 2012, unknown attackers exhumed the grave and took Mahdi’s body to a nearby cemetery, but his relatives managed to locate the new grave and returned his body to his first resting place in Zawit Taj shrine.
Local residents pointed the finger at Sobol Al-Salam Brigade, a radical group of Madkhali sect that operates under Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army and have control over most of the city.
Earlier, an armed group in Sulug town, 53 kilometers to the southeast Benghazi, attempted to attack the shrine of Libyan hero Omar Mukhtar on the pretext of being worshipped by the Sufi followers.