Nine Killed in Benghazi Clashes

    BENGHAZI, LIBYA - NOVEMBER 25:  A state of emergency is imposed and all military personnel are summoned to their units as a result of the clashes in Benghazi, Libya on November 25. Libyan Special Forces spokesman Meloud al-Zewi said clashes had erupted late Sunday between the army and the Ansar al-Sharia militia and remained ongoing. (Photo by Mohammed Elshaiky/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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    At least nine people were killed in Benghazi Monday morning in clashes between the army and the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia, who are suspected of orchestrating the killing of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others in September 2012. Casualties were reported on both sides, and acting Interior Minister Sidiq Abdel-Karim told Libya TV that 49 people were also injured. The violence began at a checkpoint manned by Ansar al-Sharia, when a civilian was stopped for having a gun. The clashes spread into Benghazi, with the army driving around the city in the afternoon, telling residents to stay indoors. “This is the end of Ansar al-Sharia,” a source told the BBC.

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