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Libya relocates parliament after attack

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 3, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya's parliament moved into a five-star Tripoli hotel Monday, a day after rioters armed with knives and guns stormed the legislature building, torching furniture, killing a guard and wounding six lawmakers in the latest episode of turmoil in the country.

Tensions have been mounting between the country's biggest political blocs, each backed by militias, adding to the potential explosiveness of political disputes. Protesters demanded that parliament be disbanded immediately after its mandate ran out in January.

In Sunday's violence, dozens of protesters swept into the parliament chamber while it was in session, shooting guns, throwing bottles at lawmakers and setting fire to furniture. They took the seat of the parliament's president, the head of a main Islamist bloc, tied it to a lamppost outside and set it on fire.

One guard was killed while trying to protect workers trapped inside, security official Essam al-Naass said. Two lawmakers were shot in their legs, one was injured with broken glass and others were beaten up while trying to leave the premises.

Lawmaker Hussein al-Ansari said the parliament will now hold its sessions in the five-star Waddan hotel in the capital's downtown.

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