An attack on an airbase in South Libya has killed 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

A military spokesman said, members of the third force militia loyal to the un-backed government of national accord in Tripoli attacked the base used by Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan national army.

Libyan national army spokesman said the victims included civilians who worked at the Brak al-Shati airbase or were in the nearby area.

He said the soldiers were returning from a military parade. They weren’t armed. Most of them were executed.

The unity government, rival administration in eastern Libya are battling for influence in the North African country which has been wracked by chaos since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011