UPDATE 2-Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases

Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:08am GMT

* Headquarters of Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group targeted

* Group was linked to last week's attack on U.S. consulate

* Libyans march in Benghazi to support democracy

* Four killed, 34 wounded

By Peter Graff and Suleiman Al-Khalidi

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The powerful Islamist militia Washington blames for an attack on its Benghazi consulate was swept from its heavily fortified bases in Libya's second city in a mass popular uprising in support of the government early on Saturday.

The action against Ansar al-Sharia appeared to be part of a coordinated sweep of militia headquarters buildings by police, government troops and activists following a mass public demonstration against militia units on Friday.

At least four people were killed and 34 wounded, hospital sources said, as militants fought demonstrators. Gunfire could be heard in the area before the fighters were forced out.

Looters carried weapons out of the vacated Ansar al-Sharia military base compound as men clapped and chanted: "Say to Ansar al-Sharia, Benghazi will be your inferno."   Continued...

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