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Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi base

A Libyan Islamist militia was swept out of the eastern city of Benghazi in a popular protest against the armed groups that ran into the early hours of this morning, Reuters witnesses said. At least one person was killed and 20 wounded, a hospital source said, as militias tried to fight the demonstrators from their heavily fortified base. Gunfire could be heard in the area before the fighters were forced out. Looters carried weapons out of the vacated Ansar al-Sharia military base compound as men clapped and chanted: “Say to Ansar al-Sharia, Benghazi will be your inferno.” Ansar al-Sharia has been linked to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died. It denies involvement. The action against the group appeared to be part of a coordinated sweep of militia headquarters buildings by police, government troops and activists following a mass public demonstration against militia units. Chanting “Libya, Libya,” hundreds of demonstrators entered, pulling down militia flags and torching a vehicle inside Ansar al-Sharia’s headquarters in Benghazi – once the base of forces of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, which… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/libyan-islamist-militia-swept-out-of-benghazi-base/

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Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi base