September 3, 2014 4:22 pm

Dramatic video shows Libyan jet crashing, bursting into flames

WARNING: Discretion is advised.

TORONTO – A Libyan war plane can be seen shooting through the air, then crashing in a fiery blaze and plume of black smoke in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday.

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Residents and medics said three people were killed and nine were injured in the crash, according to Reuters. The Tuesday report suggested the jet went down during a military event to honour a pilot who’d crashed another war plane last week.

Meanwhile, a Libyan security official said the crash was due to a technical problem and killed the pilot and four other people, according to an Associated Press report Wednesday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The videographer shakes as he reacts to the deafening sound before the jet hits a block of residences about a kilometre from the country’s elected parliament.

The video was posted by a Facebook account holder called “One Zero” who refused to reveal his identity. The poster claimed to be a Libyan civilian who fights against Hifter and said the video was shot by one of “One Zero’s” friends in Tobruk.

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The crash came amid fierce clashes in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loyal to General Khalifa Hifter.

With files from The Associated Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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