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3 wounded as Libyan militias clash

TRIPOLI, Libya — Clashes erupted Sunday in Tripoli between two militias aligned with Libya’s security forces.

During the fighting, a rocket-propelled grenade partly burned a military headquarters building. Three people were wounded.

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The fighting underscored the volatility of Libya’s security situation as a new leadership struggles to rein in armed groups, disarm former rebels, and enforce the rule of law. The two militias that clashed control neighborhoods just a few streets apart.

Mohammed Suweysi, the head of Libya’s Supreme Security Committee, said one of the militias attacked the other, accusing its members of detaining a man from their neighborhood and beating him to death.

He said the military secured the area and made arrests.

Long after the uprising that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Khadafy, Libya’s central government has little control over even its most loyal militias.

But the militias are still called upon to provide security and maintain order across the country.

In the absence of a functioning court system and amid political stalemate in Tripoli, central authorities have increasingly turned to tribal mediation as a means to dispense justice since the fall of the old regime.

A year after Khadafy’s death, deep divisions between the winners and losers of the revolution are continuing, which has blocked both central law enforcement and effective rebuilding of the country. - ASSOCIATED PRESS

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