Author Topic: 14 dead, 30 wounded as militia, govt forces clash in Libya’s Benghazi (PHOTOS)  (Read 233 times)

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Clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist militia have killed up to fourteen people and injured dozens in Benghazi, said the Libyan Ministry of Health. A state of alert has been declared in the city and people have been advised to stay in their homes.

Violence erupted early on Monday in Benghazi when the Libyan army attempted to pursue a suspect into a neighborhood where militant group Ansar al-Sharia is known to operate. The group in question was blamed for the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi last September that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.

"A violent clash has been taking place for several hours between our forces and an Ansar al-Sharia cell," Colonel Milud al-Zwei, spokesman for Libya's Special Forces, told AFP. Zwei said Libyan law enforcement came under attack near Ansar al-Sharia headquarters.

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