Libya rebels say they seize control of state TV

ALGIERS Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:02am EDT

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ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libya's Jamahiriyah state television channel went off the air on Monday and a rebel spokesman said forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi had taken control of state TV headquarters in Tripoli.

"The revolutionaries stormed the television building ... after killing the soldiers surrounding it. It is now under their control," the spokesman said. He was speaking after television screens airing the Jamahiriyah station went blank.

(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Christian Lowe; editing by David Stamp)

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