Militias and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired on protesters and killed at least four in Tripoli Friday, as they tried to break up the first major rally in the capital in days, according to witnesses.
AP - Militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in the Libyan capital on Friday, demanding the regime’s ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least four killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days.
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“There are all kind of bullets,” said one protester near the Souq al-Jomaa, screaming in a telephone call to The Associated Press, with the rattle of shots audible in the background.
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Starting Friday morning in Tripoli, pro-Gadhafi militiamen set up heavy security around many mosques in the city, trying to prevent any opposition gatherings. Armed young men with green armbands to show their support of Gadhafi set up checkpoints on many streets, stopping cars and searching them. Tanks and checkpoints lined the road to Tripoli’s airport, witnesses said.
Date created : 2011-02-25