Al-Kufrah - Two soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and six fighters of the Chadian opposition were killed in clashes in eastern Libya.
LNA’s Operations Room said that one its battalions based in the southern city of al-Kufrah clashed on Friday morning with Chadian fighters in a desert area to the west of Jaghbub (280 south of Tobruk).
LNA’s Operations Room published photos of the dead Chadian militants, and accused Chadian rebel groups of operating on Libyan soil and of commiting criminal activities including kidnappings and the smuggling of goods and illegal migrants.
Rebel groups from sub-Saharan countries exploit Libya’s lack of strong government or army by operating freely across the country’s ungoverned southern region. Most those groups come from Sudan and Chad and are using Libya’s south as a base for attacks on their own governments.
A recent report by the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee accused armed groups from eastern and western Libya of recruiting Chadian mercenaries during Libya's recent armed conflicts.