Libyan militiamen storm luxury Tripoli hotel

By REUTERS
March 25, 2012 15:39

 
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TRIPOLI - Armed militiamen stormed a Turkish-owned hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, firing shots and detaining its Turkish manager in a dispute over an unpaid bill, an employee said, highlighting the continuing volatility in the North African country.

The employee, who declined to be named, said no one was hurt in the incident at the luxury Rixos hotel where foreign reporters visiting Tripoli during last year's uprising were obliged to stay by Muammar Gaddafi's government.

The trouble started late on Saturday when a member of a brigade from the western town of Zintan lost his temper after he was asked to leave over an unpaid bill dating back to September.

"He shot twice into the air and broke vases in the lobby. Then his men stormed in," the employee said, as he pointed to a bullet hole in the ceiling of the reception area.

Militiamen then rushed off in their cars, taking the Turkish hotel manager with them. He was released after a few hours.

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