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Clashes erupt in Libya`s capital, 1 killed

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 00:10

Tripoli: A clash has erupted in Libya`s
capital, Tripoli, between a militia and residents, killing at
least one person.

The fighting involves a powerful militia from Zintan in
Libya`s western mountains and armed residents of a Tripoli
neighbourhood once loyal to ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The well-equipped fighters from Zintan are one of many
militias outside government control.

Zintan rebel commander Mohammed el-Rebay said one of his
fighters was killed today. He said the two sides are firing
automatic rifles at each other.

The clashes are taking place in Tripoli`s Abu Selim
neighbourhood, a pro-Gaddafi stronghold.

The opposition took control of the city in August and
later captured and killed Gaddafi.

After Tripoli fell, the Zintan rebels took over a school
in the district and converted it into a military base.


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 00:10

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