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Libya militia crackdown spreads to Tripoli

Published on Sep 23, 2012 8:16 PM

TRIPOLI (AFP) - A Libyan crackdown on lawless militias spread to the capital on Sunday after armed groups that have not been integrated into state institutions were ordered to disband and evacuate their bases.

Commander in chief Yussef al-Mangush said on his Facebook page that the armed forces had dislodged a militia from a military complex on the highway to Tripoli International Airport, arresting militiamen and confiscating their weapons.

The sound of gunfire was heard in the area at 9am (3pm Singapore time) and lasted less than a minute, an AFP journalist said, but Mr Mangush made no mention of casualties.

"We will carry out these kind of operations for the next two or three weeks until we dislodge all armed groups not under the authority of the State," an army officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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