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Libyan executioner says she killed 11 rebels

A 19-year-old woman shackled to a bed and under guard in a Tripoli military hospital is accused of executing 11 anti-Gadhafi fighters after being ordered to shoot them at point-blank range.
Nasreen Mansour al Forgani, centre, is seen with with other female militia members at a June 2011 women's forum in Tripoli. (MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

A 19-year-old woman shackled to a bed and under guard in a Tripoli military hospital is accused of executing as many as 11 anti-Gadhafi fighters after being ordered to shoot them at point-blank range.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that Nisreen Mansour al Forgani, who was a recruit in one of Moammar Gadhafi's all-female militias, admitted in an interview with the paper that she shot the prisoners before the fall of Tripoli last week.

"I killed the first one, then they would bring another one up to the room," Nisreen said, according to the newspaper. "He would see the body on the floor and look shocked. Then I would shoot him too. I did it from about a metre away."

The woman said she initially resisted when she was ordered to shoot the prisoners, but was threatened with death herself if she didn't comply.

"I turned and shot without looking. But if I hesitated, one of the soldiers would flick off the safety catch of his own rifle and point it at me. I killed 10, perhaps 11, over three days. I don’t know what they had done."

Nisreen said she eventually escaped by  jumping from the second storey of a building.

The young woman said she had been raped by several military commanders.

"Nisreen is a victim too," said Dr. Dr Rabia Gajum, the  Libyan child psychologist who is treating her.