BENGHAZI , Libya, May 28 (UPI) -- A government-funded Libyan militia in Benghazi was bombed by army forces loyal to a renegade general, witnesses said.
General Khalifa Haftar, former army chief of staff under Muammar Gadhafi, accuses the Libyan government of supporting terrorism. Aircraft piloted by forces loyal to Haftar bombed a base of the February 17th Brigade, an armed group in the area with ties to the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia. There were no reports of casualties.
The fall of Gadhafi left Libya with few reliable institutions, including a reliable police force. The government funds some armed groups, including the February 17th Brigade, to serve in a security capacity.
On Tuesday, Ansar al-Sharia's commander, Mohamed al-Zahawi, called attacks against his group a "crusade." He accused Haftar of being backed by foreign powers, and warned the United States not to intervene in Libya.
The U.S. has begun evacuating its citizens, noting Libya's political instability.