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Deadly clashes in Benghazi

09/06/13 03:06 CET

Death has returned to the streets of Benghazi. According to one medical source at least 25 have been killed and around 70 wounded in clashes in the eastern Libyan city.

Shooting broke out when protesters attacked the headquarters of a militia group the Libya Shield. They want it and other militias to disband and government forces to take greater control.

One local activist is quoted as saying, “People protested because they believe militias go against Libya’s stability which can only be achieved through a proper army and police.”

A military source revealed that after several hours of fighting special forces were called in to restore order and seize the militia’s compound.

The uprising which led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi first began in Benghazi. It’s understood the Libya Shield is made up of former rebels who claim they are aligned with the Defence Ministry.

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