Militias Attack Libyan Protesters, Killing 13

Nov 15, 2013 12:12 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Libya's state news agency says that 13 people have been killed and 130 have been wounded in a militia attack on peaceful protesters in the country's capital, Tripoli.

The LANA news agency quoted officials at two local hospitals who offered the casualty figures.

The attack Friday came when thousands marched from a Tripoli mosque to the headquarters of a militia, demanding it and other militias be disbanded. Footage aired on the privately owned al-Nabaa television network showed protesters running from gunfire while carrying others covered in blood.

Libya's heavily armed militias, many made up of rebels who fought against former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, have proliferated since the 2011 civil war. Since then, they've grown uncontrollable and have undermined successive transitional governments.

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