Tripoli, Sept. 23 (ANI): A powerful militia based in eastern Libya has announced that it will disband.
The group's announcement comes hours after military police and protesters routed militias from the city of Benghazi.
Leaders of the Abu Slim Brigade said the group would dissolve and quit its bases in Derna, a location east of Benghazi.
According to the BBC, another militia group, Ansar al-Sharia, suspected of a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, was also reported to be leaving Derna.
There has been growing hostility towards Libya's Islamist armed groups since the 11 September attack on the US consulate that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others Americans.
Derna, a port city overlooking the Mediterranean, is regarded as an Islamist stronghold.
According to the report, Libya's Lana news agency quoted commanders from the Abu Slim Brigade as saying they were dissolving the militia and pulling out of public buildings in Derna.
Ansar al-Sharia issued a statement on Saturday, saying it had evacuated its Benghazi bases "to preserve security in the city". (ANI)