Libyan militias clash south of Tripoli

2012-01-16 09:54

Tripoli - Rival Libyan militias clashed on Sunday south of Tripoli, sources told AFP, raising fresh security concerns with the war-torn North African country still emerging from a bloody conflict.

A militia from the town of Gharyan, approximately 80km south of Tripoli, clashed with a rival armed group from the nearby town of Assabia, an official in Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib's office said.

He said there was no immediate information on casualties, but added that the two militias had been fighting since Friday.

The clash erupted after an Assabia resident killed a local from Gharyan, a source from Libya's high security committee said.

The source said two people were killed and at least 39 wounded on Saturday, adding that the fighting stopped late on Saturday only after Defence Minister Osama al-Juili rushed to the area.

The rival groups used guns and Grad rockets against each other, the source said.

Libyan militias, which have refused to give up their arms despite the end of the conflict that ousted slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, often clash with sometimes fatal results.

In early January a gunfight erupted in Tripoli itself, when a group of men from Libya's third-biggest city Misrata traded anti-aircraft and heavy machinegun fire with a militia from a central Tripoli neighbourhood in broad daylight.

Four people were killed and several wounded in the battle that lasted for hours.

In the absence of regular security forces, the militias who helped oust Gaddafi provide some semblance of order on the streets, despite often clashing between themselves.

  • mdy.chauke - 2012-01-16 12:25

    Thanx to UN security council for creating a dire state,no law&order that's what Americans & European union wants,a weak&vulnurable Libya with no security of some form.

      Anthony - 2012-01-16 15:34

      @mdy.Chauke, The Europeans did what any decent nation should have done,after that thug gaddafi threatened to kill the oposition, they supported them with any means possible. But anybody who thinks that a country can turn from a dictatorship into a democracy within a few months, lives in a dream world. This will take years, maybe ten years, maybe twenty!!!!! These gaddafi criminals had destroyed everything to do with democracy, political parties, unions, the judiciary, etc etc. Let's stop this negative stuff about Libya, and give them time, plenty time, to get their country in order. And let me assure you, that if they would get a government, they don't like, the Libyan people are not going to wait another 42 years, for a change!!!!!!

      Barry - 2012-01-16 20:41

      @Anthony. The Europeans were thieves. They came, they raped and blundered and left with oil contracts in hand. So civilized. Far better off with the African hero, Gaddafi, by a long long long way.

      Anthony - 2012-01-16 20:53

      @Barry, There is just a tiny problem with your comment, and you probably could not care about this, But, the Libyan people do not agree with you !!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-16 21:21

      Barry stop boring me.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-16 13:07

    Whats scary is in 2003 the US invasion of Iraq did the same but however still had 145 000 US soldiers in the country to maintain security. It was at its worst in 2006 3 years later. Now Libya is in the same state as just afetr the invasion however dont have 145 000 soldiers to quell violence. The insurgents and zealot terrorists will be far worse in the near future. Libya is going to see some serious bloodshed unless they realise this.

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