Libyan army withdraws, militants ransack parliament HQ
By Mohamed al-Nagem, Sunday, March 02, 2014
TRIPOLI – Libyan army forces withdrew late Sunday from around the headquarters of the National General Congress, Libya`s interim parliament, in the capital Tripoli, while militants ransacked the building.
Scores of people had earlier stormed the headquarters, smashed its façade and main hall and then set parts of the building alight, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter on the ground.
Libyan army personnel guarding the building had opened fire in a desperate attempt to disperse the protesters before withdrawing after the number of the demonstrators swelled.
According to AA reporter, a peaceful demonstration against an earlier decision by parliament to extend by one year its mandate, which should have come to an end on February 7, turned violent after unidentified armed groups stormed the building.
The attack against the parliament headquarters coincided with another attempt to storm the Libyan television building.
This attack, however, was foiled by Libyan security forces who managed to disperse the attackers, witnessed told AA.
Libya has been struggling to restore order more than two years after the ouster of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
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