Libya: 12 killed, dozens injured

2012-08-24 12:58
Clashes in far-flung corners of Libya and attacks on election organisers have raised doubts over the interim government's ability to police coming elections. (AFP)

Clashes in far-flung corners of Libya and attacks on election organisers have raised doubts over the interim government's ability to police coming elections. (AFP)

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Tripoli - A Libyan security official says a conflict between two tribes in central Libya left 12 dead and dozens injured.

The official says a fight between members of two tribes developed into an out all war between the heavily armed groups in the town of Zlitan 145km southeast of Tripoli.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the hostilities.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press.

Following last year's uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, citizens-turned-fighters seized large amounts of weapons and defeated the dictator's forces. The country remains awash with arms, in the absence of central authority.

Meanwhile, divisions among Libyan tribes over whether to support the old regime or the revolution have left tensions simmering.
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