Gunmen storm Libyan Parliament as unrest spreads

Gunmen have stormed the Libyan Parliament and raided the offices of lawmakers, a Parliamentary deputy said.

A militia stands guard in front of the entrance to a militia camp in Benghazi on 16 May Credit: REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Gunmen had entered the General National Congress and set the building on fire, according to a Parliamentarian, after heavy gunfire rang out in Libya's capital Tripoli and clashes reportedly erupted in the south of the capital.

The gunfire came after more than 70 people were killed on Friday in clashes between irregular army forces and Islamist militants in Benghazi, the main city in the volatile east.