13 security personnel killed by 'terrorists' in Libya

At least 13 members of Libya's army were killed by "terrorist" violence on Tuesday in the east of the war-torn country, an army spokesman said.

AFP| Updated: Nov 11, 2015, 08:47 AM IST

Benghazi, Libya: At least 13 members of Libya's army were killed by "terrorist" violence on Tuesday in the east of the war-torn country, an army spokesman said.

"Most of the soldiers were killed by landmines planted by terrorist organisations," spokesman Miloud al-Zawi told LANA, the official news agency of the internationally recognised government.

Zawi said that 16 security personnel died in all, but only named 13 that were killed on Tuesday. It was unclear when or how the other three died.

According to LANA, the soldiers were killed in different conflict areas around the eastern city of Benghazi, where their forces were trying to advance.

Libya has had two administrations since August 2014, when a militia alliance overran the capital, setting up its own administration in Tripoli while forcing the internationally recognised government to take refuge in Tobruk, in the east.