Tripoli, Sep 12 (IANS) A US diplomatic personnel was killed Tuesday night after hundreds of protesters, agitated by an alleged US-made movie that insults the Prophet Mohammed, broke into the US consulate in Libya's Benghazi city, an interior ministry official said. According to Wanis Sharef, an assistant to Libya's interior minister, the diplomats of the US mission have been evacuated to avoid clashes with the protesters. He also confirmed one diplomatic personnel was killed, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, local media said that another US official was injured. Some armed men fired into the air before storming into the consulate and set it on fire, which destroyed part of the building, said witnesses, adding that some even resorted to rocket- propelled grenades in the attack. According to witnesses, protesters rushed into the US consulate at night and set the building on fire, Xinhua earlier reported. In Egypt, thousands of people protested in front of the US embassy in Cairo to express their anger over the movie produced by some Coptic migrants in the US.
Tripoli, Sep 12 (IANS) Dozens of protesters rushed into the US consulate in Libya's Benghazi city Tuesday night and set the building on fire, said witnesses. The attack was reportedly a move against a movie which insulted Prophet Mohammed, Xinhua reported. Earlier in the day, in a similar incident several thousands of Egyptians protested in front of the US embassy in Cairo to express their anger over the movie produced by some Coptic migrants in the US which insulted the Prophet.
Tripoli, Sep 2 (IANS) A car bomb blast in a commercial street in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday killed the driver and injured a passenger, Xinhua reported. The blast took place in Zamar Abdu-Nasser street, a popular place where people come to shop and eat. The driver was killed when the bomb he was carrying went off. The street was later sealed off. Xinhua said personal and militia ownership of arms has been one of the problems confronting the Libyan interim government, which succeeded long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi after he was killed last year.
Tripoli, Sep 1 (IANS/WAM) About 20 tonnes of stationery, school bags, and clothes for displaced students have been delivered by the UAE's Red Crescent Authority (RCA) to the Libyan Red Crescent. The aid was given on the directives of United Arab Emirates' President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi crown prince, Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The cargo plane, carrying the UAE's aid, arrived Friday in Tripoli. --IANS/WAM sd/vd
Tripoli, Aug 26 (IANS) Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned Sunday after being attacked for the performance of the security forces during a surge of violence, Al-Jazeera TV reported. The country's security forces were criticised for double car bombings that killed two people on the day Muslims celebrated the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr a week ago in Tripoli and attacks on several Muslim shrines in the past few days, Xinhua reported. The criticism has come mainly from the General National Congress, which Sunday accused the interior ministry's High Security Committee of being lax. Dozens of protesters responded to calls on Internet social networks and took to the streets of the capital Sunday to denounce the destruction of the mausoleums.
Tripoli, Aug 1 (IANS) A group of seven Iranian aid workers have been kidnapped in Libya's Benghazi city, said an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) official. The seven men, from the Red Crescent Society of Iran, were hauled away Tuesday from their vehicle on the way back to their hotel by unidentified kidnappers in the port city, Xinhua quoted the Libya branch of the ICRC. The organisation urged the kidnappers to release the aid workers, stressing that they are official guests to help the Libyan city with its relief efforts after the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime. The driver for the Iranian team, a Libyan volunteer, was, however, spared in the kidnapping which is the biggest of its kind in recent months, according to the ICRC branch.
Tripoli, July 7 (IANS) Unidentified militants in Libya's largest city of Benghazi shot down a police helicopter Friday, killing one person in the incident, Xinhua reported early Saturday. The police helicopter, carrying elections material, was downed by militants allegedly supporting autonomy in eastern Libya, said sources, adding that the victim's identity could not be immediately confirmed. The killed person was a member of the committee and the pilot on board survived, reported Libya's Press Solidarity quoting a High Electoral Committee official. The incident came a day ahead of Libyans casting their ballots for a national congress. The elections are expected to replace the ruling National Transitional Council to supervise the government and oversee the drawing up of a new constitution following the overthrowing of Muammar Gaddafi, a ruler for four decades. The polls are being boycotted by Libya's self-proclaimed autonomous eastern region.
Brussels (Belgium), June 18 (IANS) Siddhant Thingalaya, 21-year-old athlete from Mumbai, set an Indian record in 110m hurdles with a timing of 13.65 seconds at the Belgium Athletics National Championship here. Siddhant fell short by five-hundredth of a second to meet Olympic qualification Sunday
Tunis, June 12 (IANS/AKI) Tunisia's ruling Islamist party has "violated" the Quran by accepting a constitution that is not based solely on Islamic law, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a new message.
Brussels, June 9 (IANS/WAM) The European Union (EU) has announced a 23-million-euro (about $28 mn) humanitarian aid to Syria. The European Commission, executive body of the EU, Friday adopted the measure to enable relief work in Syria.
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