Clashes in Libyan Capital, Car Blast Rocks Benghazi

Clashes in Libyan Capital, Car Blast Rocks Benghazi

Clashes in Libyan Capital, Car Blast Rocks Benghazi

Libya's two largest cities were rocked by violence on Sunday with clashes between militias wounding five in the capital and a car blast hurting three policemen in Benghazi.

Rival armed groups battled it out for more than 12 hours in a central residential area of Tripoli. The clashes centred around Zawiyah Street and frightened residents into taking up arms and setting up makeshift checkpoints.

Clashes in Libyan Capital, Car Blast Rocks Benghazi

The fighting came as the country's new authorities try to empower the national army and police but struggle to rein in armed militias born out of the 2011 conflict that toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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