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Libyan Gunmen Take Airport Hostage

Armed men surrounded the international airport in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli on Monday morning, forcing flights to land at a nearby military base, according to officials in the country. “The situation in the airport is very tense, and tanks are surrounding the buildings,” an official told Reuters. “No one is allowed into the building.” Members of the al-Awfea Brigade indicated that they had targeted the airport to force the release of a militant leader who they claim was rounded up in recent days.