BENGHAZI Libya - Libyan warplanes bombed Islamist militia bases in Benghazi on Wednesday as part of a self-declared campaign by a renegade former general to purge the North African country of extremists.

A Reuters witness and an air force official in Benghazi said two jets bombed a base belonging to the February 17th Brigade, one of the Islamist-leaning armed groups operating in the eastern city.