Libyan soldiers stand to attention during a military display in Libya's coastal city of Benghazi on May 15, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA)
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The Libyan government blamed Islamist militants of the Ansar al-Shariah group for an attack Friday on the government security forces headquarters in Benghazi that killed eight people and wounded 15 .Special forces have often clashed with Ansar al-Shariah in Benghazi, which is Libya's second-largest city and dominates the volatile east.Car bombings and assassinations of soldiers and police officers have become common in Benghazi, where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed minibus outside a special forces camp Tuesday, killing two people and wounding two others. Most countries have closed their consulates in the city and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there since the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an Islamist attack in September 2012 . It has since become clear that the attack on the mission, which cost the lives of four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, was planned by armed militants.
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