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IS attack kills three soldiers in Benghazi

At least three soldiers were killed and four others injured in an attack by the Islamic State (IS) in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, according to a military source.

The source said the IS militants attacked an army site in Nowagia gate, about eight km southeast of Benghazi, in an attempt to enter the area, Xinhua reported.

The area has witnessed violent clashes since Saturday between the army and terrorist groups, in which heavy weapons were used, the source confirmed.

The Libyan army, led by retired Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, has been engaged in a war against extremist groups for over a year in the city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 turmoil in which former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

Libya has slipped into a state of anarchy and insecurity since Gaddaif’s fall in 2011. The North African country is plagued with continuous clashes and escalating violence.