Gunmen Storm Libyan Capital’s Airport to Protest Kidnapping

Gunmen withdrew from Tripoli’s international airport, hours after storming the facility today to protest the kidnapping of a militia’s chief, the official Libya News Agency reported.

The attackers arrived in tanks and pickup trucks armed with heavy machine guns and took control of the facility, forcing passengers to disembark from outbound flights, the news agency said, citing witnesses in the Libyan capital.

The incident is the latest challenge to the central government’s attempts to restore security after the ouster and death of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

The assailants were protesting the disappearance of Abu- Ajeila al-Habashi, the head of a militia in the western city of Tarhouna, who was snatched by unknown gunmen yesterday, the agency said, citing its correspondent.

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