Libya's government insisted it was still in control of the country Monday after an armed assault on parliament that it denounced as a bloody coup attempt.
Militants led by a retired military general stormed the parliament building in the capital Tripoli on Sunday using anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to a statement from the group.
Two people were killed as lawmakers were forced to flee and the armed men ransacked the legislature, The Associated Press reported.
Retired Gen. Khalifa Hifter's group said they would not allow the fractured country to become a "breeding ground or an incubator for terrorism." He denied it was a coup and insisted that his men were "fighting by the people's choice."
The militants said they carried out another attack on an Islamist group in Benghazi on Friday, taking the weekend's death toll to more than 70.