Libyan diplomats storm Bulgarian mission, denounce Gaddafi

By REUTERS
July 25, 2011 15:40

 
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SOFIA - A group of Libyan diplomats and staff stormed the Libyan embassy in Sofia, smashing statues and portraits of Muammar Gaddafi and declaring the embassy under the control of the rebel forces, television channel BTV reported on Monday.

The group, led by consul Ibrahim al-Furis, took over the mission's seal and the safe and declared they are now joining the rebels.

The group detained the charge d'affairs of the embassy and his secretary, who declined to denounce the Libyan leader. The two were later allowed to leave, BTV said.

At the same time, the Bulgarian foreign ministry declared Ibrahim al-Furis persona-non-grata and asked him to leave the country in 24 hours.

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