Missing Libyan army chopper 'came under fire'

Lit. Col. Ibrahim al-Sharaa said that a probe revealed that the plane was fired on by a militant group that has been calling for the establishment of a federal region in eastern Libya.

Missing Libyan army chopper 'came under fire'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An investigation by the Libyan army has revealed that a military helicopter which had gone missing in eastern Libya earlier this month had come under fire before it went off the radar, a security source said.

The Mi-35 carrying five officers was flying from the Sidra airport to Benghazi when it went missing on February 12.

Lit. Col. Ibrahim al-Sharaa, a member of the committee investigating the aircraft disappearance, said that a probe revealed that the plane was fired on by a militant group that has been calling for the establishment of a federal region in eastern Libya.

The leader of the group would be interrogated within days, he added, without saying whether the group leader had been arrested.

Search efforts are still underway, he noted.

Libyans are still struggling to restore order to their country more than two years after the death of long-serving strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

The transitional government and its security forces have worked hard to contain militancy on the streets, which ran rampant with the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.

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