Death toll from Tunisian clashes rises to seven

By REUTERS
June 5, 2011 20:16

 
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TUNIS - The death toll from clashes between rival clans in the Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui has risen to seven, state-run media reported, and the violence went on for a second day 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.

"People are scared," Ahmed Achouri, a Metlaoui resident, told Reuters by telephone. "We are in a real war ... we ask for more security."

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