Three killed, 7 injured in Benghazi clashes

Tensions between members of the brigade and residents heightened on the background of accusations that some members were involvement in the daily killing in the troubled city

Three killed, 7 injured in Benghazi clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

Three Libyans were killed and seven others injured early in overnight clashes between protesters and army forces in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The violence erupted when angry protesters gathered late Friday outside the garrison of the February 17 Brigade, an affiliate of the chief of staff of the Libyan army, to demand the handover of "criminals" involved in a spate of killings in the city, a security source told Anadolu Agency.

In a Facebook note earlier, the brigade had warned that it would kill anybody who tries to break into its garrison.

Tensions between members of the brigade and residents heightened on the background of accusations that some members were involvement in the daily killing in the troubled city.

The February 17 Brigade was one of the earliest Libyan army units to be formed following the ouster of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

The brigade is formed of revolutionaries, who fought against Gaddafi's regime, as well as some military personnel.

Benghazi has recently seen a spate of attacks on army and police personnel amid deteriorating security conditions nationwide.

 

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