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Libya: Prisoners escape as protests rage over activist killing

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Libya: Prisoners escape as protests rage over activist killing

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More than 1000 inmates have escaped from a prison near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

Gunmen outside the al-Kwafiya jail reportedly fired into the air as inmates started fires.

The jailbreak followed the assassination of a prominent political activist, which sparked protests in the area.

The funeral of Abdul Salam Al-Musmari, a well known critic of the influential Muslim Brotherhood, was held on Saturday. He was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Demonstrations over Al-Musmari’s death spread to the capital Tripoli. Some protesters stormed a Muslim Brotherhood office, as they demanded that Islamist parties be dissolved.

Al-Musmari headed a group credited with launching the 2011 protests against Libya’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.