Gunmen fire wildly for hours on port of Benghazi in eastern Libya

WorldAssociated Press

A security official in Libya says gunmen have attacked the port of the restive eastern city of Benghazi, firing wildly with small arms into the area for hours.

He said security forces and citizens blocked the city's surrounding roads after the Saturday attack, which left six people wounded.

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The official added that the attack is believed to be a reprisal by Islamist militiamen targeted by the forces of renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Hifter forces have been shelling boats smuggling weapons to the militia, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 revolt that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has plunged into unrest and violence since then.