Former rebels attack Libyan government HQ

AFP , Tuesday 8 May 2012

Attack by former Libyan rebels on the headquarters of the transitional government kills at least 2 guards

Former Libyan rebels angry over unpaid stipends opened fire on the headquarters of the interim government on Tuesday after surrounding the building. At least 2 guards were killed.

Many men encircled the building and opened fire against it with weapons including anti-aircraft cannons," a government employee present during the attack told AFP.

"Some men entered the premises and fired from inside," he said, adding that chaotic scenes unfolded as people sought cover.

Several trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns surrounded the building in central Tripoli, blocking traffic, witnesses said.

Government spokesman Nasser al-Manaa said Defence Minister Osama Juili was negotiating with the fighters, who "came in protest over (unpaid) stipends."

Last month, citing widespread fraud, Libyan authorities halted the payment of cash bonuses to rebels who had fought against Moamer Kadhafi's regime in 2011.

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