Tripoli - Gunmen attacked a Libyan military post southeast
of the capital Tripoli early on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, an
official and Libya's state news agency said.
The attackers rode vehicles topped with machineguns, the
military official said. The highway between the towns of Tarhuna and Bani
Walid, on which the post was located, was closed immediately after the attack
in an attempt to track down the attackers.
The official said the attack took place at Wishtata area,
some 60km from the entrance to Bani Walid. The town was one of the last
strongholds for supporters of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in the country's 2011
civil war, and was besieged again by pro-government militias last year.
More recently, Libya has been hit by a months-long wave of
attacks targeting military officers, activists, judges and security agents.
Much of the violence is blamed on armed groups with their origins in the
anti-Gaddafi rebel movement.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to
The Libyan News Agency said another five soldiers were