Camp loyal to Libya's Haftar attacked, no casualties

The former general has declared war on militias, a move the government has dismissed as a "coup" attempt

Camp loyal to Libya's Haftar attacked, no casualties

World Bulletin/News Desk

A camp loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar was attacked late on Saturday in the eastern city of Bengahzi.

The attack, however, caused no human casualties, according to a camp official.

The official, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency that unidentified people had attacked with rocket launchers a military garrison loyal to Haftar in western Benghazi.

He said the rockets fell down in an empty area inside the camp away from soldier concentrations.

"One of the rockets, however, fell on a mosque under construction outside the camp, leaving the building in shambles," added the official.

He said the attack was not the first, noting that previous attacks came traced back to an area controlled by Ansar al-Sharia militia.

Haftar recently declared war on Benghazi-based militias, some of which were absorbed into the regular army following the ouster and killing of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya's government, however, has called the general's move a "coup" against constitutional legitimacy.

Recent clashes between Haftar's forces and armed militiamen have left scores dead in the flashpoint city.

 

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