Three loyal to Haftar killed in attack outside Benghazi, city where he began deadly offensive against jihadists last month
A renegade general, whose repeated deadly assaults on jihadists in Libya’s second city, Benghazi, have been met with threats of reprisal, has escaped a suicide bombing, one of his commanders said.
But three loyalists of former general and longtime US exile Khalifa Haftar were killed in the attack on a villa outside the city, the commander told AFP.
Benghazi was the cradle of the Nato-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but has become a stronghold of jihadists accused by Washington of involvement in a deadly assault on the US consulate in 2012.
“A suicide bomber in a vehicle packed with explosives attacked a villa where we had gathered,” said General Sagr al-Jerushi, who heads the air division Haftar has deployed in his attacks.