By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 19 June 2014:
Two grad rocket attacks, launched that the same time in both Benghazi . . .[restrict]and Tobruk, have targeted Benina Airport and Tobruk Airbase but resulted in no casualties. Ansar Al-Sharia is thought to be respsnsible.
Officials in Tobruk told the Libya Herald that three grad rockets hit the town’s airbase with two more landing in a nearby residential district. All five rockets fell in open areas and did not cause any damage.
Military officials who inspected the site from which the rockets were fired said they found the launchers with mobile phones attached and that they had been fired remotely.
Similarly, three Grad rockets fired at the same time at Benina Airport did not result in any losses.
Benina remains closed to civilian air traffic due to infrequent clashes around the base of nearby Saiqa Special Forces battalion which has regularly been targeted by armed groups affiliated with Ansar Al-Sharia. It is also the base of the airforce’s helicopter unit that is supporting the Operation Dignity assault against Ansar Al-Sharia and other Islamist-leaning militias.