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We Can Almost Guarantee You've Never Heard of a Politician Carrying This in Her Purse for Protection


"When the security officer asked her what was in the bag..."

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Some women carry pepper spray for protection, but one Libyan member of parliament thought she needed to pack something a little stronger: a grenade.

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Libyan Member of Parliament Souad Soltan was stopped Wednesday at Tripoli’s city hall after her handbag set off a metal detector. French news agency Agence France-Presse reported that Soltan said she carries the grenade for self-defense.

Soltan was heading to a meeting when she placed her bag through a metal detector, the city government said on its Facebook page.

"When the security officer asked her what was in the bag, she admitted there was a grenade that she carried for her own defense," a government statement said, according to AFP.

The grenade was confiscated by security officers who then permitted Soltan to attend her meeting.

"After she left the meeting, she wanted the grenade back but the security officer refused,” the statement said.

Libya has been gripped with violence and lawlessness since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled two years ago.

Protesters last week were fired upon by Misrata militia fighters while demonstrating against the militia and demanding it leave Tripoli. On Saturday, rival militias clashed in Tajoura east of Tripoli. At least 37 were killed during the new round of violence.

The U.K. Guardian newspaper reported that the United Nations and the European Union evacuated non-essential staff from Libya over the weekend as a result.

Last month, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was kidnapped in the capital Tripoli by gunmen who held him for several hours before setting him free.



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