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A group led by a renegade Libyan general said Sunday it suspended parliament after launching an attack against the legislative body. Gen. Mokhtar Farnana, speaking on a Libyan television channel, said a group led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter had assigned a 60-member constituent’s assembly to take over for parliament. Farnana said Libya’s current government would act on an emergency basis. He did not elaborate. He also said Sunday’s attack on Libya’s parliament was not a coup, but “fighting by people’s choice.” Farnana claimed Sunday’s attack on parliament, in which gunmen kidnapped some 20 lawmakers and officials in an assault that threatened to further splinter a country dominated by the armed groups that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi three years ago. The attack, which hospital officials said killed one person and wounded nine, came after an assault Friday by Hifter’s forces on Islamist militias in the restive eastern city of Benghazi that authorities said killed 70 people.

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