Rival militia clash for third day near Libyan town

January 15, 2012 20:30

GHARYAN - Rival militia groups battled for a third day near the Libyan town of Gharyan on Sunday, killing one person and injuring six, despite the efforts of the interim government to broker a ceasefire.

Fighters from neighboring Libyan towns, who have refused to disarm five months after toppling Muammar Gaddafi, began blasting each other with artillery and rockets on Friday. The death toll has reached three, with 42 wounded, according to a doctor at Gharyan hospital.

The battle began on Friday when fighters from Assabia stopped two civilians, stripped one naked and stabbed the other in the leg, according to a Gharyan city council member.

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