Libya government says firm in battle against terrorism

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The Libyan government has expressed determination to continue with its battle against ‘terrorist groups’ in the country.

In a statement published on Thursday, the Libyan government acknowledged that “terrorist groups” were behind dozens of attacks against security services.

“The nation finds itself in a confrontation with terrorist groups, and it falls upon government to mobilize its military and security forces to fight this scourge,” the governmental statement said.

It also called on the United Nations and the international community to help “eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities” of Benghazi, Derna, and Sirte, which are strongholds of extremist groups, such as Ansar al-Sharia.

The government also urged Libyan people to be prepared for what it called a war on terrorism.

“There will be no place for terrorism in Libya… and Libyans must be prepared for such a battle in terms of caution, awareness and sacrifice.”

The appeal comes after a wave of bombings and assassinations in the eastern city of Benghazi and clashes between pro-government forces and militants in control of major oil ports in Sirte in central Libya.

Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups, who played a key role in the 2011 popular uprising that toppled former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.

Political analysts believe the ongoing tensions in Libya could slip out of control if a political solution is not found.

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