CAIRO (AFP) – The Libyan embassy in Cairo said on Monday that it found a large cache of weapons on the premises it believes the former regime planned to use to kill dissidents in Egypt.
“Among the weapons found were pistols, rifles and machine guns — all with silencers,” the embassy said in a statement.
“The former Libyan regime kept those weapons to assassinate Libyan opposition figures in Egypt,” according to the statement, carried by Egypt’s official MENA news agency.
The embassy urged Egyptian authorities to investigate the matter, MENA said.
On Sunday, Libya’s National Transitional Council declared the country’s liberation in the wake of the capture and death of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled for 42 years.
According to a 2010 Amnesty International report “during the 1980s dozens of Libyan dissidents living abroad were extrajudicially executed, reportedly by agents acting on behalf of the Libyan state.”
It said reports of extrajudicial executions carried on into the 1990s