Libya militia steps in to protect US embassy in Tripoli

Tripoli: Extremist militiamen have moved into the American embassy compound in the Libyan capital after it was evacuated last month, an AFP photographer said on Sunday.

Members of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) group said they had gone in to secure the complex of several villas in Tripoli to prevent it from being looted.

"Diplomatic missions have been invited to return to Tripoli, and in the meantime we are here to secure the area," one militiaman said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The photographer said there was little sign of damage at the US diplomatic compound apart from some shrapnel scars on an exterior barbed wire-topped wall.


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