Tripoli sets year-end weapons deadline

2011-12-07 07:43

Tripoli - A Libyan official says residents of the capital Tripoli have until the end of December to hand over weapons to authorities.

The head of the Tripoli local council, Abdel-Rafik Bu Hajjar, also says that all non-Tripoli brigades in the city must leave by December 20 and that the Tripoli brigade itself would dissolve at the end of the month.

He said on Tuesday all armed individuals must join security forces under the ministries of interior or defence or "return to civilian lives".

The Libyan National Transitional Council has been evasive when asked about concerns over the uncontrolled ownership of weapons.

Since the end of the eight-month civil war that toppled the Gaddafi regime, rival revolutionary militias have clashed repeatedly.