Sixteen are killed and 50 wounded as two tribes in southern Libya clash over a MONKEY

An incident involving a monkey saw two tribes come to blows in Libya, leaving 16 people dead.

A further 50 were wounded following the clashes between rival factions in the southern city of Sabha, the heart of the country’s smuggling and human trafficking network.

According to residents, the latest bout of violence erupted between the Awlad Suleiman and Gaddadfa tribes when a monkey belonging to a shopkeeper from the Gaddadfa tribe attacked a group of schoolgirls passing by.

The monkey pulled off one of the girls’ head scarf, leading men from the Awlad Suleiman tribe to retaliate.