“U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli,” the message said.
The verified photo evidence shows the deployment of mine-traps and the creation of the minefields around the suburbs of Tripoli up to Sirte since mid-June. According to the military, this weapon was brought to Libya by the Wagner Group violating the UN embargo.
“The Russian-state sponsored Wagner Group is demonstrating a total disregard for the safety and security of Libyans. The Wagner Group’s irresponsible tactics are prolonging conflict and are responsible for the needless suffering and the deaths of innocent civilians. Russia has the power to stop them, just not the will,” U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering and director of operations, U.S. Africa Command said.
At the end of May, AFRICOM reported that at least 14 MiG-29s were supplied from Russia to Syria. The markings on the aircraft were painted to camouflage the Russian origin. Then, the aircraft was relocated to Libya and it is the violation of the UN embargo on arms supply. AFRICOM notes that the military aircraft was actively exploited in Libya's air space.
According to the American military, the Wagner Group works in 16 countries in Africa.
As we reported, the U.S. military said Russia deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries backing eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, a move that threatens to escalate a proxy war with NATO member Turkey and its allies in Tripoli.