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Friday September 09, 2011 03:30:00 PM, IANS

London: After the takeover of Libyan capital city Tripoli by the rebel troops, it is not they who reign supreme there, but a group of lawyers, accountants and footballers who have taken up arms to protect their neighbourhoods.

A man named Muhannad tells Sky News he is an accountant, his friend a lawyer and another a footballer.

They do not want to fight and hope to return to their day jobs. But until Gaddafi is caught they believe they cannot lay down their arms.

At the rebel "headquarters" set up in the city, every room has men carrying out assigned duties.

Two men sit behind a desk making identity cards, while another room has stockpiles of food to be handed out to the community.

In yet another room, men wait with paperwork for anyone who has a problem.

After the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the power vacuum has been filled by the communities. There is no Libyan army in the city. Nor there is any police force.

A rebel trooper pulls up in a stolen police motorbike with the opposition forces' flag stuck on the front.

Thumping his chest in broken English he tells Sky News: "Me policeman now."

   





 

 

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