The latest clashes between the Libyan army and militant groups have left at least seven people dead in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.
The deadly fighting broke out on Monday when the militants stormed an army base in the port city. The gun battles also injured 15 others.
Colonel Saad al-Werfelli said the so-called Ansar al-Sharia militants, backed by insurgents from two other extremist groups attacked “Base 21 early on Monday, killing and wounding soldiers who were trapped inside.”
He said the Libyan air force launched air strikes on the attackers.
Reports say fierce clashes are also underway between the militant and paramilitary forces led by a former general in Benghazi.
Since the 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi, Benghazi has been the scene of numerous attacks and political assassinations amid a power struggle among several militia groups who fought against Gaddafi during the uprising.
The former rebels refuse to lay down their arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.
Thousands of angry Libyan demonstrators have recently taken to the streets in different cities to protest against the lack of security across the North African country.