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Libya parliament attacked, Benghazi Islamists targeted

Published on May 19, 2014 9:08 AM

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Armed groups attacked Libya's interim parliament and an air base in the east Sunday, adding to turmoil in the troubled country where a rogue general has launched an offensive against Islamists in the city of Benghazi.

A colonel claiming to speak on behalf of the army declared that parliament had been suspended.

"We, members of the army and revolutionaries (former rebels), announce the suspension of the General National Congress," said Mokhtar Fernana, reading out a statement broadcast on two private television channels.

Private television channel Libya International was hit by rockets, shortly after broadcasting the statement.

Smoke rises over the General National Congress building in Tripoli on May 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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