Three armed men killed in Libya as violence escalates

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Posted: Aug 05, 2012 7:27 PM
Three armed men killed in Libya as violence escalates

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan security forces on Sunday killed three armed men suspected of being behind seven failed bomb plots, a government spokesman said, in the first incident of its kind since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in October.

Several violent incidents have rocked Libya in recent days and on Sunday the International Committee of the Red Cross announced it was suspending its activity in the country's second biggest city after one of its compounds was attacked with grenades and rockets.

Security forces surprised the three armed men inside a farm near Aziziya, 25 miles south of Tripoli, in possession of the same kind of explosives used in seven previous bomb plots, Saleh Darhoub, spokesman of the National Transitional Council said.

Five members of the security forces were wounded during the clash, Darhoub told reporters without giving details on the nature of the targets or if there were possible links between the armed men and recent explosions.

On Saturday, a car bomb exploded near the offices of the military police in Tripoli, three days after a strong explosion rocked military intelligence offices in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Seven Iranian relief workers were abducted on Tuesday on Benghazi by a group of armed men just as they started a mission in the country as official guests of the Libyan Red Crescent Association.

(Reporting by Souhail Karam; Editing by Andrew Osborn and Eric Walsh)