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Three militiamen killed in Libya car bomb attack

A Libyan traffic policeman directs vehicles on a street of the capital Tripoli. (File Photo: AFP)
BENGHAZI: Three militiamen from forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were killed Wednesday in a car bomb attack in the central Waddan region, a militia spokesman said.
The blast — which was not immediately claimed by any group — wounded two others at a checkpoint on the road leading to Tripoli, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the north, said commander Ahmed Al-Mesmari.
Militants from Daesh remain active in central and southern Libya despite being forced out of their northern stronghold Sirte in 2016.
Libya has been gripped by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, with rival administrations and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.
Haftar supports an administration based in the east of the country. A UN-backed unity government based in the capital Tripoli has struggled to assert its authority outside the west.

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