BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Several people were wounded on Friday when militiamen opened fire as protesters arrived at their base in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a demonstrator said.
An ambulance driver said seven or eight people had been wounded. Reuters correspondents could hear gunfire coming from the direction of the compound in the western Hawari district .
“We came as peaceful protesters. When we got there, they started shooting at us,” student Sanad al-Barani said while returning from the area. “Five people were wounded beside me. They used 14.5-calibre machine guns.”
Earlier, scores of demonstrators stormed the base of the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia brigade in what appeared to be a coordinated sweep of militia headquarters buildings by police, government troops and activists following a mass public demonstration against militia units earlier in the day.
Reporting by Peter Graff; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Ralph Gowling and Peter Cooney