Airstrikes target militia camp in eastern Libyan

2014-05-28 20:24

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Tripoli - A security official and witnesses say airstrikes have targeted a militia camp in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, sending columns of black smoke into the air and sparking retaliatory gunfire.

The official says two airstrikes hit the 17 February militia compound on Wednesday as part of renegade General Khalifa Hifter's offensive against Islamist militias.

Hifter has rallied the support of the country's politicians, tribes and army units.

17 February, founded by Islamist Abu Katef, is one of the biggest and most powerful militias in Benghazi.

 Its forces originate in the rebel brigades that toppled long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The official says the militia responded with anti-aircraft fire.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to journalists.

Witnesses say panicked residents fled the area.

- AP
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