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2 killed in armed confrontation on Libya-Tunisia border

Since Libya’s central authority broke down in 2011, rival groups have fought over strategic Ras Ajdir crossing

05.01.2018
2 killed in armed confrontation on Libya-Tunisia border Tunisian security forces clash with people during a demonstration demanding the completion of the projects in the city, return of the social rights in Ben Gerdane, Tunisia on January 14, 2017 (File Photo).

By Enes Canli

TUNIS

Clashes erupted Friday between armed groups loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government and Libyan border officials in the town of Ras Ajdir on the Tunisian border, according to local sources.

At least two people were killed -- and a handful of others injured -- in the melee, the same sources said.

Some of the border officials involved in the clash reportedly fled across the border into Tunisian territory.

The reasons behind Friday’s armed clash remain unclear.

Since 2011, when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody uprising, rival groups have fought for control of the strategic Ras Ajdir crossing.

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