Violence kills eight in 2 Libyan cities

2013-06-27 13:57


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Cairo - Eight people were killed in violence in two Libyan cities, reported Libya's official news agency LANA on Thursday.

Six people were killed in two days of clashes that started on Tuesday among rival militias in the capital Tripoli, the agency said.

The dead included five soldiers and one civilian.

The fighting spilled over late on Wednesday into several areas of Tripoli, prompting the closure of the road to the Tripoli airport for several hours, said security officials.

In the southern city of Sebha, two civilians, including a Nigerian, were killed and 17 wounded late Wednesday in three car bombings

The explosions occurred in three different locations, targeting a shopping area, a security building and an hotel in Sebha, located some 750km south of Tripoli, reported LANA.

Libya's new leaders have been struggling to assert their authority and re-establish security in the North African country since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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