Police station in Libya's Benghazi attacked, four killed

December 16, 2012 19:32

BENGHAZI, Libya - Four policemen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi were killed when a police compound was attacked on Sunday, a security official said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of Libya's uprising.

The attack is believed to be linked to the recent detention of two men in connection with several assassinations of security officials in the city, as the assault happened next door to a police station where they were being held.

Unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the compound, which houses patrol cars, damaging an office and killing one policeman, police spokesman Khaled Hidar said. A gun battle then followed and three of the police reinforcements who arrived at the scene were killed.

In September, the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the worst of a string of attacks on international convoys and official buildings in the city.

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