Libyan soldiers wounded in Benghazi attack
29 November 2013, 19:50
Benghazi - Three Libyan soldiers have been seriously
wounded in a new attack in the eastern city of Benghazi after deadly clashes
with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, a security official said Friday.
"Unidentified men fired a machine gun at a patrol on
Syria Avenue in Benghazi, wounding three troops" late on Thursday, the
official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Fadia al-Barghathi, a spokesperson at the city's Al-Jala
hospital, confirmed that three seriously wounded soldiers had been brought in.
Three soldiers were killed earlier on Thursday when the
army clashed with Ansar al-Sharia militants on the final day of a three-day
strike in protest against militias.
The strike was sparked by a Monday shoot-out between
jihadists and the army that left seven people dead and 50 wounded.
Another soldier was killed in a drive-by shooting in
broad daylight on Thursday as he left a café with a colleague who escaped
Since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a
2011 revolution that began in Benghazi, the transitional authorities in the
North African nation have been plagued by security problems.
They have tried in vain to integrate most former rebels
into the regular armed forces, with many militias carving their own fiefdoms,
each with its own ideology and regional allegiances.