Soldiers from the Libyan army man a checkpoint in the capital Tripoli on January 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA
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Thousands of Libyans took to the streets peacefully Friday to protest against a decision by the interim parliament to extend its mandate, amid fears that lingering political instability could unleash fresh violence.The fears rose after an overnight attack on army headquarters in Tripoli, the latest incident in the growing lawlessness gripping the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Leading a transition that has proved chaotic since Gadhafi's ouster and killing by NATO-backed rebels, the General National Congress was elected in July 2012 for a term of 18 months. The growing insecurity more than two years after Gadhafi's ouster was highlighted in Tripoli late Thursday, with a military spokesman saying unidentified gunmen had tried to enter army headquarters but guards prevented them from doing so.
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