Report: Libya Calls for International Help to Fight Terrorism

By Susan Jones | March 20, 2014 | 11:51am EDT

Libyan fighters chant slogans as they take control of Gadhafi loyalist villages Saturday in Lansfol, Libya in September 2011. (AP File Photo)

( - The Libyan government is asking the international community, in particular the United Nations, to help it root out terror groups operating in the country, notably in Benghazi, Derna and Sirte, the Libya Herald reported on Thursday.

Last month alone, 51 people were killed in what are believed to be politically motivated assassinations.

“These terrorist groups have exceeded all values and trampled on all norms, neglecting all the good laws and conventions, and devastated the lives of our citizens and foreigners,” the Libya Herald quoted the government statement as saying. But the statement did not say who the terrorists are.

The newspaper said most Libyans blame the violence on "militant Islamists" and Qaddafi loyalists.

The Libyan cabinet reportedly has "stressed its commitment to preserve the right to life for all Libyans and win the war against terror as soon as possible."

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