Libya: Security forces head to protests, shots heard

By REUTERS
March 4, 2011 15:35

TRIPOLI - Gunshots rang out in a district of Tripoli on Friday where several hundred opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been demanding an end to his rule, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

"They fired teargas. I heard shooting. People are scattering," the reporter said from the Tajoura district in the east of the Libyan capital.

Fourteen sports utility vehicles carrying Libyan security forces sped through a checkpoint heading into an area of the capital where an anti-government protest has broken out.

A Reuters reporter said the Toyota vehicles had no registration plates, and the people inside were wearing military fatigues with green scarves on their heads. They were heading into the Tajoura district of eastern Tripoli.


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