Libya arrests armed group

2013-05-22 17:38
Libyan security forces and residents gather in a street housing the Algerian, Greek and Saudi embassies, where a bomb exploded lightly damaging a car in Tripoli, Libya. (Mahmud Turkia, AFP)

Libyan security forces and residents gather in a street housing the Algerian, Greek and Saudi embassies, where a bomb exploded lightly damaging a car in Tripoli, Libya. (Mahmud Turkia, AFP)

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Tripoli - Libyan army special forces have arrested an armed group in the eastern city of Benghazi in possession of hundreds of anti-tank mines and material for making explosives, the LANA news agency reported on Wednesday.

A security source was quoted as saying "220 anti-tank mines as well as equipment for manufacturing explosives were seized" and that one of the soldiers was wounded in clashes during the raid.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 Libyan revolution, has in seen several bombings and attacks against security services and Western diplomatic missions in recent months, indicating the inability of the authorities to establish effective security in the country.

These attacks are usually blamed on radical Islamists like the one last 11 September against the US consulate which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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