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Libya says its forces under attack

TRIPOLI, March 19 – Libya\’s government said that its armed forces were under attack Saturday west of the rebel-held stronghold of Benghazi and responded in self-defence, in a statement carried by the official Jana news agency.

"The gangs of Al-Qaeda attacked the units of the Libyan armed forces stationed to the west of Benghazi," the report said, using its term for insurgents fighting to oust Libyan strongman Muamar Gaddafi.

The statement accused the rebels of using "a helicopter and a fighter jet to bomb the Libyan armed forces in blatant violation of the no-fly zone imposed by the UN Security Council."

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