Agence France-PresseNovember 25, 2013 05:29
Jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on Monday attacked Libyan special forces in the eastern city of Benghazi, the army said, sparking an all-out battle in which at least five soldiers died.
It was the first such confrontation between the army and Libya's top jihadist group.
"A violent clash has been taking place for several hours between our forces and an Ansar al-Sharia cell," Colonel Milud al-Zwei, spokesman for Libya's special forces, told AFP.
Medics at the city's Al-Jala hospital, said five soldiers were killed and 23 people wounded, including 10 civilians.