June 4, 2012 / 4:38 PM / 5 years ago

Clashes break out at Tripoli airport-Reuters witness

TRIPOLI, June 4 (Reuters) - Rival Libyan militia clashed at Tripoli's international airport on Monday after an armed Libyan brigade surrounded the airport and forced it to close, a Reuters witness said.

Gunfire could be heard at the airport, a Reuters reporter at the scene said, adding he could see men entering the airport carrying rocket-propelled grenades.

Earlier gunmen from the al-Awfea brigade surrounded the airport to secure the release of one of their leaders whom they believed had been kidnapped and held there, a security official said. (Reporting by Ayman al-Sahli; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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