Hundreds of protesters stormed and wrecked militia headquarters in Benghazi late Friday, as the Salafist jihadi group Ansar al-Sharia fired into the air before being forced out of their base, according to witnesses. Some 30,000 Libyans marched through the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday, calling for the disbanding of the country’s growing number of militias—at least one of which is believed to have participated in last week’s attack on the U.S. Consulate. The consulate attack has ignited a backlash among many Libyans who are disturbed that the government formed since Gaddafi’s fall has no control over the country’s armed factions, which have been accused of acting like gangs and detaining civilians and critics without warrants.
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