Skip to comments.Gunmen surround foreign ministry in Libya capital
Posted on 04/28/2013 1:56:08 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
TRIPOLI Gunmen on Sunday surrounded Libya's foreign ministry demanding it be "cleansed of agents" of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, AFP correspondents said, as Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said the interior ministry was also attacked.
Zeidan also said that gunmen attempted to storm the headquarters of Libyan state television.
Armed men prevented foreign ministry staff from entering their building in Tripoli as they encircled it, correspondents said.
Around 30 vehicles, some mounted with anti-aircraft guns, and dozens of armed men surrounded the offices, they reported.
An official, who declined to be named, acknowledged that the gunmen's demands that officials from the previous regime and still working in the ministry be removed were "legitimate".
But he said it did not justify "paralysing the whole work of a ministry" and criticised the group's "extremely offensive" behaviour.
The gunmen said they wanted the foreign ministry to be "cleansed of agents" of the former regime and stressed they will stand their ground until their demands are met.
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