Libya Says Unauthorized Militias Will Be Disbanded

Libyan officials said late Saturday that any illegitimate armed groups and militias not sanctioned by the government will be disbanded. The order comes after thousands of Libyans infuriated by the attack on the U.S. Consolate in Benghazi that killed four Americans stormed the compounds of Islamist militias in that city and driving them out. Two main Islamist groups, Abu Slim and Ansar al-Sharia, withdrew from their five bases on Saturday and announced they were disbanding. “It is a clear message to all armed groups, especially Salafists,” said Sami Khashkhusha, a political science professor at Tripoli University. “The Libyan people will not accept the hijacking of our revolution or the dictating of the shape of our institutions.”