Libyans Mourn Protesters Killed by Militias

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Mourners have turned out in Tripoli, Libya, to pray for the 43 people killed when militiamen fired on protesters in the capital yesterday.

Armed residents and pro-government militiamen set up checkpoints across Tripoli, as thousands of protesters converged on in the city center. They gathered in Martyrs' square, a focal point of the country's uprising against former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, to pray for the dead. They raised Libyan flags and portraits of the slain protesters, chanting "Martyrs for you Libya" and calling for civil disobedience.

Yesterday's protest against unlawful armed groups was the biggest show of public anger over militias in months. In addition to the 43 killed, health officials say some 500 people were wounded when militiamen fired on the crowd.

Today, soldiers and government-affiliated militias stormed a Tripoli military base occupied by gunmen, sparking fresh fighting that left four dead.

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