Three dead in clashes over jobs in Tunisian town

By REUTERS
June 4, 2011 18:46

 
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TUNIS - Three people were killed and 90 wounded after rival clans clashed over access to jobs in the central Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Clan members used homemade bombs, guns and iron bars against each other after a rumor spread in the town that only certain tribes would be offered jobs at the nearby Gafsa phosphate complex. Shops were looted and set on fire.

The violence, which erupted late on Friday night, prompted Tunisian authorities to impose a curfew on the mining region of Gafsa, about 350 kilometres (217 miles) southwest of Tunis, the Interior Ministry said.

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