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9 Libyan army soldiers killed in Benghazi


Tripoli  –   Nine Libyan army soldiers have been killed in the eastern city of Benghazi in clashes with militants after the army took control of a crucial area in the city, a military source said on Friday.

The army took control of Ganfouda District recently, an area known as “12 blocks’’ that used to be a haven for militants in Benghazi.

The Libyan army, led by Maj.-Gen. Khalifa Haftar, had been waging war for more than two years against militant groups in Benghazi, a military operation Haftar referred to as “Dignity’’.

In spite of ground success, the army still does not have full control of the city.

An Army Spokesman said the area had been secured on Thursday, revealing that the air forces targeted militant positions.

The spokesman said that the troops were still making progress on ground, and the army took over heavy artillery and tanks the militants left behind.

Libya has been suffering from insecurity and violence since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country is plagued with political division and unrest.

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