At least three people have been shot dead, as bank guards attempted to disperse a large crowd, outside a bank in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Bank guards shot dead three people as they tried to disperse a crowd of hundreds of people queuing for cash outside a bank in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, a security official said.
Libyan banks have been suffering from severe liquidity problems, which bankers say is partly caused by people withdrawing cash and keeping it at home due to concerns over security.
For months, long queues have formed daily outside banks across the country, and in some cases people have begun queuing overnight.
Banks have placed limits on withdrawals, with residents in the capital currently restricted to taking out a maximum of 200 Libyan dinars (£105) at a time.
Wednesday’s shooting happened outside the North Africa Bank in Tripoli’s Qaser Bin Ghasir neighbourhood, said Salah Eddin Al-Marghani, a security official for southern Tripoli.
“One of six members of security team securing the bank shot in the air when there was a stampede among the crowd, but mistakenly hit the building and then the people,” he said.
The guards had been placed under investigation, Marghani said.