By Libya Herald staff.
Benghazi, 2 October 2014:
Some 30 soldiers were killed and as many 80 wounded in this morning’s . . .[restrict]suicide bombings at Benina airbase.
The initial double-bombings were the opening phase of an attack by Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council (BRSC) which lasted into the afternoon, Buwabat Al-Wasat reported.
In the aftermath, another suicide attack reportedly took place targeting an Operation Dignity checkpoint east of Benghazi. Again, Ansar Al-Sharia and its allies have been implicated in the bombings.
Medical sources said that 23 injured members of the BRSC were taken to Hawari Hospital for treatment. Hawari has long been held by Ansar Al-Sharia and its supporters.
As many as 62 wounded members of Operation Dignity were received at Marj Hospital in the aftermath of the clashes.
Military sources have said that the fighting which took place on the Airport Road and its approach today was some of the heaviest seen in Benghazi. The area has been the scene of frequent battles between Operation Dignity and BRSC forces since the end of Ramadan.
Benina and a nearby air defence unit base remain the most important positions still held by Operation Dignity forces in Benghazi.
Despite the ferocity of the attack, Saiqa Special Forces, loyal to Operation Dignity, appear to have retained control of the airport.