A gunbattle has erupted in Libya's eastern port city of Benghazi. Military sources say five soldiers were killed when militiamen tried to storm police headquarters to seize back a vehicle loaded with weapons.
Libyan soldiers and rival militiamen fought an hour-long battle in Benghazi on Friday. Military sources said the assailants tried to retake a vehicle loaded with weapons and ammunition that police had captured.
At least five Libyan soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded when a special force unit intervened to push out the militiamen, according to military and medical sources.
Foreign consulates and airlines have largely avoided Benghazi since September 2012 when a US ambassador and three other Americans were killed during an Islamist militant attack.
Friday's violence came just days after a minibus packed with explosives detonated outside a Libyan army camp in Benghazi, killing two soldiers.
ipj/hc (Reuters, AFP)