Mon­key at­tack sets off tribal clashes, 20 dead

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BENGHAZI (AP): AC­TIVISTS AND medics say tribal clashes that erupted in south­ern Libya af­ter three young men turned a pet mon­key loose on a high-school girl have killed at least 20 peo­ple.

The girl’s fam­ily sought re­venge af­ter the mon­key scratched and bit her last week, and killed all three men along with the an­i­mal.

Bader al-Da­heli, a civil ac­tivist, said on Sun­day that the two main tribes in the south­ern city of Sabha, Awlad Suleiman and Gad­had­hfa, are each backed by armed groups. Ab­del-Rah­man Areish, the head of Sabha hos­pi­tal, said 20 peo­ple have been killed and 50 wounded.

Libya slid into chaos af­ter the 2011 ouster and killing of long­time dic­ta­tor Moam­mar Gad­hafi. Much of the coun­try is ef­fec­tively ruled by a patch­work of lo­cal or tribal mili­tias.

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