Death toll from Tunisian clashes reaches 11

June 6, 2011 00:05


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TUNIS - Eleven people have died in two days of clashes between rival clans in the Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui, state television said on Sunday, with shops looted and set on fire.

People fought battles with homemade bombs, guns and iron bars in the town, about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of the capital, after rumors circulated that only certain tribes would be offered jobs at the nearby Gafsa phosphate complex.

Army units were on their way to try to halt the fighting and military helicopters were deployed over the town.

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