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Libya: Suicide attacker kills six outside military base

Libya: Suicide attacker kills six outside military base
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Six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at an army base outside Benghazi, in eastern Libya.

Up to 15 people were also hurt in the blast, according to medical and security sources.

The attacker reportedly blew himself up in a car in front of the base in Barsis, some 50 kilometres from Benghazi.

The security situation has deteriorated in Libya’s
second-largest city in recent months.

Car bombs and
assassinations of army and police officers have become a regular occurrence.

There are fears that the violence in Benghazi could spill
over to the capital Tripoli, which last month saw the worst
fighting in months between militias.

Much of Libya’s oil wealth is located in the east where many
demand autonomy from the Tripoli government, adding to the turmoil in the North African country.

The government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is struggling to control militias and tribesmen which helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 but kept their guns.