Libyan soldier killed as army again under fire

first_imgBenghazi — Gunmen on Thursday opened fire on a vehicle in Libya’s second city Benghazi killing a soldier, witnesses said, in the latest attack on the army in the country’s volatile east.The killing comes on the final day of a three-day Benghazi strike in protest over militias after a shootout on Monday between a jihadist group and the army left seven people dead and 50 wounded.Three soldiers were shot dead in the city on Wednesday and the bodies of two more were found in the nearby town of Derna, officials said. Thursday’s attack was carried out by gunmen in a vehicle, who fired a volley of bullets at two soldiers as they got into a car after leaving a cafe, witnesses said.“The soldier died after being shot in the head,” said a medic at Benghazi’s Al-Jala hospital.Witnesses said the second soldier escaped unharmed.Benghazi city council declared the three-day strike after an army patrol came under attack near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadist group blamed for the 2012 attack on a US mission in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed.Libya has seen mounting unrest since the toppling of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 by a ragtag assortment of rebel brigades, many of which have since been transformed into militias that defy the weak central government.last_img