Libyan authorities to probe clashes in Tripoli

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Security forces patrol in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Jan. 18, 2019. UN officials have announced the resumption of talks aimed at bringing a close to the country's years-long civil conflict. (Xinhua)
File Photo: Security forces patrol in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Jan. 18, 2019. Libya’s Interior Ministry on Friday said it would start to investigate the armed clashes between two of its security forces that broke out in the capital city . (Xinhua)

Libya’s Interior Ministry on Friday said it would start to investigate the armed clashes between two of its security forces that broke out in the capital city a day earlier.

The ministry has been closely following Thursday’s events “which led to heavy shootings” in central Tripoli between patrols of the Stabilization Support Department and the Deterrence Department of Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime, it said in a statement.

Interior Minister Bashir Al-Amin instructed “competent authorities to follow up on the reports and start the investigation on these events, stressing that all parties should work in accordance with the law,” it said.

The Ministry revealed no details about casualties resulting from the clashes, saying that the current situation is stable and under control.

This is the first security breach to have taken place in Tripoli since the formation of the Libyan government of National Unity in March ended years of political division in the North African country

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