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Libyan militia takes over Tripoli airport

06-05-2012 01:20 BJT

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A Libyan security official says militiamen have taken over the country’s Tripoli airport, storming it with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles.

They’ve forced airport authorities to divert flights. Mohammed el-Gharyani of Tripoli’s Security Committee said militiamen from the town of Tarhouna are occupying the runway. Flights have been diverted to Metiga air base in the city’s center.

He said the militiamen are angry over the arrest of their commander, Abu Elija. Tarhouna in central Libya was widely seen as a favorite of deposed ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Its dominant tribe, also called Tarhouna, held many positions in the Libyan military under Gadhafi.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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