Libya armed brigade surrounds Tripoli airport, official say

By REUTERS
June 4, 2012 15:46

 
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TRIPOLI - A Libyan armed brigade surrounded Tripoli's international airport on Monday forcing flights to be diverted to the capital's military airport, a security official said.

The official said the group called al-Awfea Brigade from the town of Tarhouna, 80 km southeast of Tripoli, demanded the release of one of their leaders who they said had disappeared two nights ago.

"The situation in the airport is very tense and tanks are surrounding the buildings. No one is allowed into the building," said the official, who declined to be named.

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