Dignity Operation militiaman shoots police officer in Benghazi

Dignity Operation militiaman shoots police officer in Benghazi

September 18, 2017 - 15:50
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A policeman has sustained injuries in an attack by a militiaman from Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army in Masakim neighborhood in the eastern city of Benghazi, sources say.

Lieutenant Colonel Jamal Al-Amami told Bawabt Alwaset news outlet that “a Special Forces soldier opened fire at Ahmed Al-Orifi, a police officer from Abu-Atny Police Station, while doing his job at one of the crossroads in Masakim.

Al-Amami explained that Al-Orifi was injured and underwent a successful surgery, stressing that such action "does not represent the Special Forces, but represents the perpetrator only".

The reason for the armed attack was not revealed.

Militia groups and Sahawat fighters are wreaking havoc in war-ridden Benghazi. On Saturday, militia groups engaged in heavy exchange of fire in Sidi Younis district over struggle for influence, according to eyewitnesses, causing panic among local residents.