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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 10:33
Monkey Attack Triggers Deadly Tribal Violence in Libya
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At least 16 people have died so far in Libya, following tribal clashes that were reportedly triggered by a monkey that attacked a schoolgirl Wednesday.

The violence allegedly broke out between the two tribes, after three young men from the Gaddadfa tribe had a pet monkey pull off a young schoolgirl’s headscarf, prompting men from the Awlad Suleiman tribe to hit back by killing three people from the former tribe as well as the monkey.

“There was an escalation on the second and third days with the use of tanks, mortars, and other heavy weapons. There are still sporadic clashes and life is completely shut down in the areas where there has been fighting,” a resident of the affected Sabha City, Libya, said.

Libyan officials are yet to comment on the issue.

Attempts by tribal leaders to quell the conflict and allow bodies of the dead to be collected have failed and tension is still high in the area, according to residents.
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