Militia clashes kill one in southern Libya

April 23, 2012 15:41


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TRIPOLI - Clashes between two Libyan militias in the country's southernmost desert killed one person and injured 13 on Monday, officials said, underlining the unrest and ethnic tensions still raging eight months after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Fighting first erupted on Saturday after the Libya's Shield militia, an Arab force from the northern coastal city of Benghazi, traveled south to the mostly non-Arab area near Libya's southern borders with Chad and Sudan to reinforce the army.

An army spokesman, who asked not to be named, told Reuters violence broke out in the city of al Kufra after the area's non-Arab Tibu tribe found one of its members dead in the street and blamed the army.

There was a pause in the violence on Sunday but fighting broke out again in the center of Kufra on Monday, said local officials.

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