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Originally published Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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Libyan militias defy authority, battle in capital

Clashes have erupted in Tripoli between two militias aligned with Libya's security forces.

Associated Press

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TRIPOLI, Libya —

Clashes have erupted in Tripoli between two militias aligned with Libya's security forces.

During the fighting, a rocket-propelled grenade partially burned a military headquarters building. Three people were wounded.

The fighting underscores the volatility of Libya's security situation as a new leadership struggles to rein in armed groups, disarm former rebels and enforce the rule of law.

The two militias that clashed overnight Sunday control neighborhoods just a few streets apart.

The head of Libya's Supreme Security Committee, Mohammed Suweysi, says one of the militias attacked the other, accusing its members of detaining a man from their neighborhood and beating him to death.

He says the military has secured the area and made arrests.

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