Libyan helicopter was shot down


The Libyan Air Force helicopter that disappeared two weeks ago with five people on board was shot down by a militant group, Libyan authorities have said.

The Libya Herald quoted Ibrahim Al-Sharaa, spokesman for the Benghazi Joint Security Room as saying that the helicopter had been fired on during takeoff, according to a report by the Military Prosecutor.

The helicopter was taking off from Es Sider when five vehicles entered the airport and began firing assault rifles at the aircraft. It was able to take off but disappeared after heading out to sea.

A group called Al-Isnad Alamni was apparently responsible for the attack.

Libya is grappling with chaos across the country as the government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan struggles to control the militias who helped overthrow Gaddafi but have retained their weapons to shape post-war politics.