Militias battle Libyan forces in Benghazi
Intense fighting took place between militias and Libyan forces, Friday (File/AFP)
Clashes broke out in Benghazi Friday between militant fighters and Libyan forces led by a retired general, according to AFP and witnesses.
Militants responded with intense artillery fire, while the country’s official army denied any involvement in the fighting. However, Chief of Staff Abdessalem Jadallah al-Salihin did tell local television in a statement to “oppose any armed group that tries to control Benghazi by force of arms,” AFP reports.
Libya’s second city has become home to increasing militia groups since the uprising. Attacks targeting security forces are now commonplace, where weapons are easily attainable.