3 dead in Benghazi clashes - hospital

2012-09-22 08:00

Benghazi - At least three people died and 20 were wounded when armed demonstrators protesting against militias clashed with a government unit of ex-rebels, the al-Hawari hospital said early on Saturday.

"Three people are dead. We have also received 20 wounded," a doctor told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Hundreds of demonstrators including several armed men attacked the headquarters of the Raf Allah al-Sahati Brigade, located at a farm in the Hawari region 15km from the centre of Benghazi.

The brigade is an Islamist group of former rebels now under the authority of the defence ministry.

The two sides clashed using light weapons and rockets for two hours before the brigade decided to move out of their base, an AFP journalist said.

The assailants then attacked the military installation, taking arms, ammunition and computer material.

Earlier, hundreds of Libyan protesters stormed the base of a hardline Islamist militia in Libya's second city Benghazi, forcing the group to flee and then setting fire to the military compound.

Members of the Salafist jihadi group Ansar al-Sharia fired in the air before being forced out of their base by the demonstrators.

The assault came after an estimated 30 000 residents of Libya's second city rallied earlier in the day against the influence of militias in the eastern city, which critics say have put themselves above the law.

  • Madhi - 2012-09-22 10:56

    Interesting turn of events

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-22 17:21

      Any 'bad' news coming out of Libya, is like music in the ears of the violent and loony left. They were busy 'eating' every rediculous word, they uttered for 18 months, re this country, and than at long last' help' arrives in the form of some Al-Quada terrorists. The fact is that only the dumb and stupid believed that after 30 years of of terrany, there would be a 'smooth' transition to a soceity without FEAR and shallow unmarked graves scattered around the country. With having had succesful elections so far, they are well on their way turning their country in a more decent and just soceity. And all that negative stuff coming from the SOUTH ? THey are too busy enjoying their hard won freedom, to be bothered with that silly and childish BS !!!

  • zebsonm - 2012-09-22 12:15

    'am so proud of the part the british government played in ushering democracy to libya'belowed the babyfaced david cameron not so long things have turned so badly and quickly in benghazi for that matter,the craddle of the revolution begs a lot of answers.only shakespear could explain this kind of iron.many experts warned and still are warning the us etal against joining unknown jihads just because the jihads happen to be fighting some regimes they wish gone.this is of against the wise counsel often given to those who have a weakness to fighting that 'your enemy's enemy is not necessarily your friend.with syria beckoning hope this lesson do have some effect. by the way this an e(r)lectoin year it will be diffict to keep those fingers away from the triger.

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