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Protesters attack Russia embassy in Libya

Libyan Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Abdessalem Jadallah al-Salihin (R) meets with his Italian counterpart Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli (L) in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on October 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

TRIPOLI: Dozens of angry protesters tried to storm Russia's embassy on Wednesday after reports that a Russian woman had killed a Libyan army officer in Tripoli, a witness said.

The demonstrators destroyed a car parked in front of the embassy compound and damaged the mission's entrance gate, the witness told AFP.

Security services arrived on the scene to protect the diplomats inside the compound.

The unrest comes two days after conflicting reports emerged about the circumstances of the murder of an army officer in the Souk Juma district of Tripoli.

Some sources said a Russian woman had killed the officer for his role in the 2011 revolt against the regime of late dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Others said the woman was the wife of the slain man and that the motive for the killing was a marital dispute.

 

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