Libyan army clashes with southern militia, 2 dead

April 21, 2012 14:55


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TRIPOLI - Two people were killed and 15 injured in clashes between Libyan soldiers and tribesmen in the remote southeastern desert, a regional community leader said Saturday.

The fighting underlined the internal disorder and surfeit of uncontrolled weapons continuing to afflict Libya eight months after longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by rebels.

The armed forces were sent to al Kufra, near Libya's borders with Chad and Sudan, in February to quell fighting arising from long-standing rivalry between the Tibu and Zwai tribes, posing a fresh challenge to Libya's transitional leadership.

An army spokesman who declined to be named said the fighting began when the Tibu in Kufra found one of their men killed on the street on Thursday. The Tibu blamed the national army and attacked one of their bases.

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