March 19, 2011 / 9:19 AM / 8 years ago

Libyan official media says rebels attacking army

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libyan armed forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are under attack from rebels near Benghazi, Libya’s state news agency said, contradicting rebel reports that troops were attacking the city.

“Al Qaeda gangs are attacking units of the armed forces which are stationary west of Benghazi,” the Jana news agency said. Libyan officials describe the rebels as belonging to al Qaeda, though the rebels say that is not true.

Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Matthew Jones

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