Car bomb kills 12 soldiers in Libya’s Benghazi


TRIPOLI, July 7 (Xinhua) — Twelve Libyan soldiers were killed on Thursday in a car bomb attack in the eastern city of Benghazi.
A spokesman of the Libyan marine said heavy clashes erupted on Thursday between Libyan army troops and extremist militants, who used mines and car bombs.
On Wednesday, four soldiers were killed and seven others injured in clashes with the Islamic State (IS) group in Benghazi.
The United Nations-backed unity government has formed a presidential guards service, a coalition of militias mostly from the city of Misrata, to fight the increased dominance of IS in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of capital Tripoli.
Libya has been witnessing escalating violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
Also on Wednesday, an army MIG-23 aircraft crashed in western Benghazi, killing its pilot. No details were available about the crash.

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