Libyan security forces are seen advancing during clashes with anti-government forces following an attack on a Benghazi police station, early on May 2, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA)
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Libyan irregular forces backed by helicopters clashed with Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday in fighting that left at least two people dead, security and medical sources said.Irregulars of the self-declared "Libyan National Army" led by retired General Khalifa Haftar shelled bases belonging to Ansar al-Sharia and another Islamist militant group in Benghazi, said Mohamed Al-Hejazi, who described himself as a spokesman for Haftar's forces.Libya's army chief of staff told state television he had given no orders for any regular military units to attack bases in Benghazi.But the situation on the ground was unclear, and witnesses said at least one regular army helicopter had been used in some of the assaults on the Islamist bases.
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