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Libya: Gunmen storm offices of TV network, abduct managers

The official Libyan news agency says militia stormed the headquarters of a private TV network in Tripoli, looting and smashing equipment before abducting staffers.

LANA says some staffers were released following Thursday's attack on Al-Assama TV network, but that the militia was still holding the network top two managers.

It's unclear what prompted the attack.

The network is affiliated with a top political figure leading the largest coalition in parliament.

Mahmoud Shammam, who runs another TV network, told the official Libya TV that he tried unsuccessfully to reach government ministers and security officials to get their help.

Two years after the revolution that ousted and killed Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi, militiamen have filled in security vacuum, operating with impunity with the state relying on them as parallel security forces.