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Libyan army secures Benghazi

2012-12-21 22:21

Benghazi - The Libyan army is deploying units to help bolster security in the eastern city of Benghazi, a military spokesperson said on Friday, a day after clashes there killed four people.

"Army units will secure the entrances and exits of the city as well as strategic sites until security is restored," army spokesperson Ali al-Sheikhi told AFP, adding that the decision was in co-ordination with the interior ministry.

It comes in response to a series of attacks targeting police stations in Libya's second city, with many blaming the violence on Islamist extremists.

Gunmen attacked Benghazi's security headquarters on Thursday, killing four people and wounding more than a dozen, officials said.

Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muamar Gaddafi. It has increasingly become a focus for jihadist groups, including militants who killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on 11 September.

Comments
  • jimmy.crompton.9 - 2012-12-22 10:26

    It is time that all who are not militants help eradicate this evil from the earth. Must millions die? The moderates need to condemn the extreme Muslim militants and out them. They are even killing their own people now.

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