Mohammed al-Kani, militia leader assassinated in Benghazi

Leader of Al-Kani militas slain in Benghazi in a raid on his home, scores of people celebrate his death in Tarhuna

Al-Kani was wanted for war crimes, torture and displacing thousands of people during Haftar’s attempt to seize control of the capital. [Photo: AA]
Mohammed al-Kani, the commander of the al-Kani militia, which is associated with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, was reportedly killed today while resisting arrest from his house in Benghazi.

Mohammed al-Kani, a Libyan militia leader charged with murdering hundreds of people in the western Libyan town of Tarhuna, was declared dead by various local sources on Tuesday.

Mohamed al-Tarhuni, a militia spokesperson, verified al-Kani’s death.

Al-Kani was the commander of the notorious Kaniyat militia, also known as the 7th Brigade or the 9th Brigade, which was part of Khalifa Haftar’s troops in the east.

According to sources, Al-Kani was slain by the Tariq bin Ziyad militia, which is connected with Haftar’s troops, during a raid on his home.

Since the news and subsequent confirmation of his death, video recordings of scores of people celebrating his death have surfaced in Tarhuna.

Al-Kani and his militia are thought to be responsible for the mass graves discovered in Tarhouna last year, following the withdrawal of the militia after the failure of Hifter’s 14-month campaign to gain control of Tripoli from the UN-recognized government.

Following the defeat of Haftar’s troops in western Libya, the Libyan authorities discovered at least 300 dead corpses in Tarhuna mass graves.

The US Treasury issued sanctions on the Al-Kani militia and its leader in November 2020 for killing people whose remains were discovered in unmarked mass graves, as well as torturing and displacing hundreds more.

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