First Published: 2014-05-28

Haftar forces bomb jihadist camp in Benghazi
Ex-rebels say warplane carried out raids on camp of 'February 17 Martyrs Brigades', hitting it with two missiles.
Middle East Online

Haftar punishes extremists

BENGHAZI - Forces loyal to rogue former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar carried out an air raid Wednesday on a jihadist camp in the eastern city of Benghazi, ex-rebels said.

"A warplane carried out raids on a camp of the 'February 17 Martyrs Brigades', hitting it with two missiles," said Ahmed al-Jazaoui.

No casualties were reported in the attack, in which anti-aircraft batteries returned fire.

Haftar, who returned to Libya from American exile in 2011 to join the uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gathafi, launched an anti-jihadist campaign in Benghazi on May 16 when warplanes also bombed February 17 positions.

Subsequent fighting killed at least 79 people.

The powerful brigade is made up of Islamist ex-rebels, including radicals, and is suspected of links with Ansar Al-Sharia, a group classified as a terrorist group by Washington.

 

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