IS claims Texas shooting, first attack on US soil

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting occurred the day before, on May 04, 2015 in Garland, Texas (AFP Photo/Ben Torres)

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City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

An armed police officer stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. The contest was put on lockdown Sunday night and attendees were being evacuated after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

 

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Somalia’s Al-Shabab says it killed 28 in Kenya

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus at dawn near Mandera in Kenya’s north near the border with Somalia, and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

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Gunmen Surround Libya Foreign Ministry

Vehicles, mounted with anti-aircraft guns are parked outside the foreign ministry that has been surrounded by gunmen demanding it be "cleansed of agents" and ambassadors of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi on April 28, 2013 in the Libyan capital Tripoli. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Vehicles, mounted with anti-aircraft guns are parked outside the foreign ministry that has been surrounded by gunmen demanding it be “cleansed of agents” and ambassadors of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi on April 28, 2013 in the Libyan capital Tripoli. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

By Associated Press | April 28, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya  — A Libyan military official says about 200 armed men are surrounding the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli, demanding the ministry to reform and hire former fighters who helped overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Esam al-Naas said 38 trucks, some mounted with machineguns, had surrounded the ministry on Sunday. The men allege that many supporters of the old regime are still occupying senior positions in the ministry and its missions abroad.

He said negotiations with the protesters are underway and that no one has entered the ministry building.

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Gunman Storm Libyan TV, Seize Staff

Gunmen stormed headquarters of a privately-owned Libyan television station on Thursday, abducting the channel’s owner and four journalists.

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Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a privately-owned Libyan televisionstation on Thursday, abducting the channel’s owner and four journalists.

Alassema TV owner Jomaa Al-Osta and four of his staff were detained by unknown assailants, the parliament’s human rights commission said in a statement.

According to the AFP news agency, the commission urged the interior ministry “to intervene immediately to release the prisoners.”

Mohammed al-Sharkassi, an anchor at Alassema TV, told a national news channel he was seized briefly outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.”

Speaking on Libya al-Ahrar television, Sharkassi said he was questioned by his abductors and told he would be freed “on condition that I leave Tripoli.”

He said his abductors were “former rebels from Tripoli… angered by the editorial policies of Alassema TV”, but did not elaborate.  

The station is known to be close to the liberal coalition which came ahead of Islamists in last July’s legislative elections.

Mahmud Jibril, who heads the National Forces Alliances coalition, was an architect of the 2011 revolt that toppled Moamer Qaddafi.

Libya al-Ahrar said that several attackers, some of them armed, stormed the headquarters of Alassema TV on Thursday afternoon.

“They entered through the windows,” it said.

Libya’s official Lana news agency also reported that unidentified assailants stormed the channel, causing “great damage”, but did not elaborate.  

Security forces were deployed outside Alassema TV following the attack, according toAFP.

Private newspapers and television stations have flourished in Libya since the ouster of Qaddafi, who had banned private media and any criticism of more than four decades of his iron-fisted rule.

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