By Farah Waleed.
Benghazi. 1 October 2014:
An old man has killed and three civilians wounded last night in Benghazi when locals attacked . . .[restrict]an Ansar Al-Sharia checkpoint and drove the militiamen away.
The incident, at a roadblock set up near Zamzam market reportedly saw the Ansar people flee after a two-hour battle, abandoning some of their vehicles.
An eye-witness told the Libya Herald: “ A number of locals from Alserti, Wahaishe and Ard Alsalabi gathered and attacked the checkpoint when it was set up late and started checking passersby”.
Fighting between the residents and Ansar lasted for around two hours, the eye-witness said, adding that unfortunately one civilian, an old man, was killed and three others were wounded.
He added angrily “They are not welcome at all in any place in Benghazi or of course Libya. If they are really battling for the rights of the country, why are they masked? They look like terrorists to us”.
This was not the first time that Ansar militiamen have been set upon by ordinary people. Last week, a hit man believed to be a member of Ansar was killed by a crowd in Benghazi’s Majouri district while he was trying to carry out an assassination.