Former Libyan fighters demanding unpaid stipends have attacked and surrounded the headquarters of the interim government, witnesses say.
The attack on Tuesday left three dead and several others wounded, according to an interior ministry official.
A defence ministry spokesperson confirmed there were dead and injured, but he did not know casualty numbers.
"Many men encircled the building and opened fire against it with weapons including anti-aircraft cannons," a government employee present during the attack told the AFP news agency.
Several lorries mounted with anti-aircraft guns surrounded the building in central Tripoli, blocking traffic, the witnesses said.
The headquarters has previously been attacked, but our correspondent said that one of the fighters he spoke to described Tuesday's attack as the most serious.
Nasser al-Manaa, an interim government spokesperson, said the defence minister was negotiating with the fighters, who "came in protest over [unpaid] stipends", referring to a reward scheme for those who fought against Muammar Gaddafi's regime last year.
|< Prev||Next >|
Most Read News
- Two UK journalists working for $VICE detained in #Turkey
- Saudi troops enter northern #Yemen after Houthi clashes
- Al Jazeera journalists back in Cairo jail after verdict
- Video of celebrity #Iraq fighter slicing body goes viral
- Saudi-led forces accused of cluster bombings in #Yemen
- Discovery of dead refugees overshadows #Austria summit
- Who says popular quest for change has been quelled?
- About 200 feared dead in #Libya refugee boat disaster
- Bid to rescue 3,000 refugees stranded off #Libya coast
- ISIL 'brutally' quells rebellion in Libya's Sirte
- Libya's prime minister says he will step down
- #Italy arrests five men over #Libya migrant shipwreck
|William deB. Mills|
|Liaquat Ali Khan|