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11 killed in fresh Libya clashes

10 soldiers and a militiamen were killed and 36 wounded in clashes on Wednesday in Benghazi.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 21 May 2015, 6:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:16 PM

Benghazi, Libya — Ten soldiers and a militiaman were killed in fresh violence in conflict-strewn Libya, security and medical sources said on Thursday.

They said 10 soldiers were killed and 36 wounded in clashes on Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

And a fighter with Fajr Libya, a coalition of militias which opposes the internationally-recognised government, was killed on Thursday near the coastal city of Misrata, in an attack claimed by Daesh.

Since Gaddafi was toppled and killed, battle-hardened former rebel groups armed with heavy weapons have been carving out their own fiefdoms.

When the Fajr Libya alliance took Tripoli last year and set up a rival administration, both the recognised government and parliament took refuge in the east near the border with Egypt.

Daesh militants have exploited the chaos to move in and gain ground.

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