US-backed Libyan counter-revolutionary militias spreading terror in the North African state. Since the overthrow of Gaddafi the country has fallen into complete chaos., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Three soldiers killed in attack in Libya's
TRIPOLI--Unknown assailants threw an explosive device at a rebel military checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Wednesday, killing three US-backed soldiers and injuring three others, security officials said.
The attack was the latest in a wave of violence against security forces in the city, the cradle of the 2011 counter-revolution against Muammar Gaddafi.
Nearly two years after he was ousted and brutally assassinated, the rebel Tripoli government is still struggling to impose its authority on a country awash with weapons and where lawless militias do as they please.
"In the night, unknown assailants in a black Chevrolet car threw an explosive device as they passed a military patrol at one of the city's roundabouts," a police source said.
"There was no shooting. They then just fled."
Abdullah al-Shaafi, spokesman of Benghazi's security operations room, confirmed three soldiers had been killed and three others wounded in the attack.
Attacks on police stations and patrols have become frequent in the city, which has been the scene of power struggles among armed factions.
Three soldiers killed, 3 injured in attack on army patrol
Wed May 29, 2013 4:30PM GMT
At least three soldiers have been killed and three others injured in an attack on a military patrol in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.
Military spokesman Abdullah al-Shaafi said on Wednesday the bomb attack killed at least one soldier on the spot while the other two later succumbed to their injuries.
“An explosive device that was concealed in a rubbish bin blew up near a patrol of the Al-Khandak Brigades,” al-Shaafi said.
Heavily-armed assailants have attacked several army posts in the troubled eastern city over the past few weeks.
Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 uprising which toppled the long-time revolutionary Pan-African leader Muammar Gaddafi. The city has since been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations.