Clashes erupt in Libya's Benghazi, five killed

BENGHAZI, Libya, July 14 Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:36am EDT

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BENGHAZI, Libya, July 14 (Reuters) - At least five people have been killed and nine wounded in the Libyan city of Benghazi after heavy fighting between security forces and rival militias erupted late on Sunday, hospital and security sources said.

Irregular forces loyal to renegade former general Khalifa Haftar bombarded Islamist militia bases as part of his campaign to oust militants from Benghazi, and special forces also clashed with militia fighters in the city.

Three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has slipped deep into chaos with its weak government and new army unable to control brigades of former rebel fighters and militias who often battle over political and economic power. (Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)

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