A fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP/Mohammad ben Khalifa)
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Libyan army troops and armed residents clashed with Islamist fighters in the eastern port of Benghazi on Wednesday, killing at least four people, a day after a renegade former general who backs the army vowed to retake the city from the militants.Libya's second largest city is caught up in a chaotic struggle for control between an alliance of Islamist militia groups and the army, which is backed by forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar.Fighters from one Islamist group, Ansar al-Sharia, attacked the camp of an army tank battalion, one of the last bases still controlled by government forces since militants drove army special force units out of Benghazi months ago.Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and Haftar's spokesman Mohamed El Hejazi said the army had seized the February 17 camp belonging to the "Majlis al-Shura" forces, an umbrella group of Islamist militias.
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