Unknown drones targeted a position belonging to the Wagner Group in eastern Libya on Thursday, without causing any human casualties.
The drones attacked the Al-Kharouba airbase, which is located 150 kilometers Southeast of Benghazi.
A military source from the Libyan National Army denied the reports, stating that the alleged strikes were an attempt to undermine morale and prepare for targeting oil fields.
The Wagner Group is known to provide security for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi, who is running for presidential elections.
The Wagner Group has been present in Libya since April 2019, fighting alongside the Libyan National Army against the Government of National Accord (GNA).
The group has also been present in Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Sudan, supporting the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in their operations against the Sudanese army.
Last week, the Wagner Group launched a rebellion in Russia and took control of the Ministry of Defence headquarters in the city of Rostov. The group has since begun to withdraw from the positions they had taken in Russia, following an agreement with the Kremlin that halted their advance towards Moscow and led to the departure of their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, to Belarus.
Despite this, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov stated on Monday that the Wagner Group would continue its operations in Mali and the CAR, and is currently supporting the RSF in Sudan in their operations against the Sudanese army.
The Wagner Group’s presence is concentrated in areas where there are gold and oil reserves, where they provide protection and management for gold mines in Sudan under an agreement with the government of Omar al-Bashir in 2017.