1 killed, 1 injured in shootout in Libya capital

1 killed, 1 injured in shootout in Libya capital
# 06 November 2013 03:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Armed clashes erupted in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday night between a brigade belonging to the Interior Ministry and some unknown gunmen, leaving one dead and another injured, local residents told Xinhua Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A resident said on condition of anonymity that soldiers stationed at the check point in Zawiyat Dahmani stopped a car from Misrata city and asked the passengers to remove the tinted windows from the car as a normal procedure, but the latter refused.

Clashes suddenly erupted between the local brigade "Nawasi" running the cheek point and the armed passengers.

The clashes paralyzed the eastern side of Tripoli for almost four hours. Anti-aircraft artillery mounted on pickups was used in the confrontations, which left one dead and another seriously injured, both belonging to "Nawasi" brigade.

"Nawasi" brigade joined the national security forces of Security Supreme Committee and it works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Interior.

Two years after the 2011 uprising, the Libyan authorities have been struggling to rein in tens of armed militia groups roaming the country. Murders and kidnappings of security officers as well as political activities are registered on daily basis, leaving a number of people dead.

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