Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar escapes suicide bombing

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Khalifa Haftar remains a figure of suspicion for many veterans of the 2011 Libyan uprising because of his time in the US. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Three loyal to Haftar killed in attack outside Benghazi, city where he began deadly offensive against jihadists last month

Khalifa Haftar remains a figure of suspicion for many veterans of the 2011 Libyan uprising because of his time in the US. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters
Khalifa Haftar remains a figure of suspicion for many veterans of the 2011 Libyan uprising because of his time in the US. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

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.

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