Islamist militias driven out of Benghazi by ordinary citizens

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Unarmed citizens stormed several militia compounds in Benghazi early Saturday, forcing hundreds of militia men to flee their bases, said Chris Stephen in an article on the Guardian's website.

Ansar al-Sharia militia was blamed for the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, was the main target of this movement led by ordinary Benghazi citizens fed up with the extremist violence, Stephen said.

The crowd swept through two bases unharmed, but descended on a third where an automatic armed response was triggered that left at least 11 dead and more than 60 wounded, according the NBCNews.com.

And although the attacks were planned in advance through social media and other outlets, the militia were taken largely by surprise, the article said.

Ansar al-Sharia announced that it had evacuated its bases in Benghazi in the interest of security, and they also denied any involvement in the killing of the ambassador, according to an article posted by Al Jazeera.

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