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Libyan warplanes bomb Islamist militias in Benghazi

English.news.cn   2014-05-29 03:44:28            

BENGHAZI, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Warplanes belonging to Libya's " coup" general Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday launched an airstrike on Jihadist militia bases in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said.

Two fighters bombed the February 17 Brigade militia compound and the Ansar al-Sharia militant base in Libya's second largest city Benghazi, witnesses said. The two militia groups under attack did not disclose their casualties and damages.

The attacks came weeks after Haftar and his allied armed forces launched "Operation Dignity" to "purge terrorists."

Haftar, who played a major role in toppling Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, is now waging a war on Benghazi and the interim parliament, trying to force the parliament to abandon power.

He claimed that his maneuvers were to purge "terrorists" from the authorities, but his actions have been condemned as a "coup" by the parliament. He has recently won more and more followers, including those from the Benghazi Special Force and Tobruk Air Base.

Benghazi, birth place of the 2011 protests against Gaddafi, has ever since witnessed a drastic escalation of violence and become a major base of extremists in North Africa.

Editor: yan
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