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Violence in Libya: Assailants linked to Ansar al-Sharia launches attack on army camp in Benghazi

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Militants affiliated with terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia instigated an attack on an army camp in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, Reuters reported. The Libyan army joined forces with troops loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar to repel the assailants; military aircraft and helicopters were deployed during the counterassault. The clashes led to at least seven deaths and another 40 injuries. Haftar has declared a war on Islamic militants and has attempted to regain control of Benghazi, although his campaign has not been approved by the central government in Tripoli. Meanwhile, the international airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli has become a battlefield for militias vying for control. At least 47 people were killed during last week’s clashes at the airport. The downfall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 failed to spell an end to violence and chaos in the North African country, which has been plagued by civil war ever since.