TRIPOLI, Libya – Four people were killed Thursday when a protest outside a base for security forces in eastern Libya turned violent less than a week after suspected Islamic militants killed four policemen at the same compound.

A police official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi said protesters and suspected Islamic militants had gathered outside the compound to demand the release of a man being held in connection with the assassination last month of the head of one of the city’s security agencies, National Security Chief Col. Farag el-Dersi.

Some in the crowd opened fire on the compound during the protest and clashed with police, the security official said, on condition of anonymity.

The official said two civilians, a suspected Islamic militant and police officer were killed. Nine people were wounded.

An attack in September on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans.