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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.

About 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.

The 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.

Gaddafi, 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.



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