37 killed in 2 days of unrest in Libya
28 March 2012, 11:31
Tripoli - Two days of tribal clashes in southern Libya have left 37 people dead, a news report said.
120 were injured when fighting broke out between members of the African
Tabu tribe and two Arab tribes, news broadcaster Al Jazeera reported
late on Tuesday.
The violence was triggered on Monday when a car
was stolen, the report quoted witnesses and representatives of the local
revolutionary authorities as saying.
An earlier report by the
state-run Libyan News agency said clashes erupted following the death of
a government employee who was kidnapped in a robbery.
security chief in the city, Mohamed Abu Saif, said on Tuesday that a
delegation of tribal leaders in the area was working on solving the
dispute between the groups.
The ruling National Transitional
Council has been unable to assert control over hundreds of militiamen
who helped bring down Muammar Gaddafi's regime last year.
who ruled the North African country for 42 years, was captured and
killed in his hometown Sirte in October, after a violent eight-month
conflict with his opponents.
His regime had drawn criticism from human rights groups for its treatment of the Tabu ethnic group in the south of the country.