Rival Libyan forces clash near Tripoli

Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) alliance of Islamist-backed militia man a checkpoint in al-Aziziyah, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli AFP/Mahmud Turkia

Clashes between Libyan government forces and Islamist-backed militiamen on Friday killed four militants, a security source said, and one person died in a mortar attack on Tripoli’s only functioning airport.

The fighting broke out when armed men launched an assault on the edges of Aziziya, a town just 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Tripoli, the source said.

Four people were killed and 11 wounded, the source told AFP.

Libya’s capital was seized by the Islamist-backed Fajr Libya (“Libya Dawn”) group last August.

Fajr Libya is an alliance of militias, including Islamists, who have installed a government in Tripoli opposed to the internationally recognised legislature and cabinet based in the east…

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