Benghazi residents survey wreckage after attack on army checkpoint
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 00:56
June 15 - Libyans assessed the damage after armed demonstrators attacked a military checkpoint in Benghazi killing six people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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A group of protesters attacked an army check point on Friday (June 14) in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, burning army vehicles as they went.
The group was marching through the streets of Benghazi before they attacked the checkpoint. There were no reported injuries.
Six soldiers were also killed Saturday (June 15) in clashes between Libyan special forces and armed protesters outside a special forces base in the city.
It was not immediately clear who the protesters were and if any had been killed.
This not the first attack in Benghazi by armed groups.
Last week at least 31 people were killed and 100 injured in clashes between armed protesters, eventually backed by special forces, and a militia in the city.
The protesters had been demanding the disbanding of independent militias, and clashed with one of them - the Libya Shield brigade, which fought to oust former leader Muammar Gaddafi and now says it is aligned with the defense ministry.
Several mosques condemned the protest against Libya Shield at Friday prayers and that may have spurred a reaction among the militia's supporters, a senior defense ministry source said.
Libya Shield commanders were not immediately reachable for comment.
Hours before the latest fighting in Benghazi, a group of men forced their way into a different army compound to steal weapons, residents said.
And in a separate incident, an army sergeant was killed in an ambush on a military convoy in the southern Shaati area on Friday, a military official said.
The assailants had tried to steal the military vehicles but fled after fighting broke out.
Libya remains anarchic and awash with weapons nearly two years after Gaddafi was toppled. Tensions have been rising between militias and the government, which is still struggling to assert its authority.
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