Gunmen storm Libyan parliament, demand its suspension




 
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May 18th, 2014  
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By Ahmed Elumami and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavily armed gunmen stormed Libya's parliament on Sunday to demand the legislature be suspended in an attack claimed by a renegade former army general who has vowed to purge the country of Islamist militants. In a chaotic attack, smoke rose from the parliament after gunmen stormed the General National Congress (GNC), raided offices and withdrew. Heavy gunfire erupted across Tripoli, where rival brigades of ex-rebels have often clashed since ending the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi. Details of who carried out Sunday's attack were unclear, but loyalists of retired General Khalifa Haftar said his forces and militia allies had planned the parliament assault in a campaign to rid Libya of Islamist hardliners.




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