Rival rebel factions clash in Libya, 4 dead

The information minister of Libya`s rebel movement says its forces have overrun the base of a rival faction after five hours of fighting.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 15:12 PM IST

Benghazi: The information minister of Libya`s rebel movement says its forces have overrun the base of a rival faction after five hours of fighting.

Mahmoud Shamam says the clashes broke out around 3 a.m. Sunday and left four rebels dead and six wounded. The main rebel force was now in control of the al-Nidaa Brigade`s base on the western outskirts of Benghazi, the de facto capital of Libya`s rebel-held east.

The fighting followed Thursday`s killing of chief rebel commander Abdel-Fattah Younis in yet unexplained circumstances. The slaying and Sunday`s clashes point to sharp divisions within the rebel movement nearly six months after the start of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi`s rule.

Younis was Gaddafi`s interior minister before defecting to the rebel side.

Bureau Report