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Police killings spark Benghazi protests

Feb. 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Residents in Benghazi, Libya, are protesting the execution of two police officers, the latest in a near daily string of violence against security forces.

The incident comes a day after the United Nations special envoy to the north African country called on the government to do more to reign in militias that formed out of the 2011 uprising that ousted former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that was the cradle of the uprising, has been a particularly difficult place to tamp down violence because the fledgling central government's main power base is in the west in the capital Tripoli, Middle East Online said.

Residents fed up with the daily attacks took to the streets Wednesday in a show of solidarity with government forces.

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