At least 30 killed during heavy clashes in southeast Libya

More than 30 people killed during two days of heavy clashes between local armed faction and Sudanese fighters in southeastern Libya

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Members of the Libyan army stand on a tank as heavy black smoke rises from the city's port in 2014.

At least 30 people have been killed during two days of heavy clashes in southeast Libya between the local armed faction and Sudanese fighters, a local mayor announced on Friday.

Abdurrahman Hashim, the commander of the Libyan Subul Assalam faction, stated that the Sudanese militants were from Sudan's Darfur region - who had advanced into the place around Kufra.

He said that his group was hitting back for stickups and launched attacks on Kufra, district of southeastern Cyrenaica in Libya, which has a border with north western Sudan.

Kufra Mayor, Miftah Bou Khalil, indicated that Subul Assalam forces raided an oasis, 150 km north-west of Kufra, on Friday and Sudanese fighters were killed and four others were captured.

He also added that at least 20 Sudanese fighters were killed during an attack on a control point, 200 km north of Kufra, on Thursday.

Abdurrahman Hashim stated  that his forces had smashed and seized several vehicles. At least one of his men had been killed and six others had been injured in the clashes.

Libya has been facing a violent streak of unrest, since long-time autocrat Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

Terrorist and militant organisations have established a foothold in the country by taking advantage of the chaos.

TRTWorld and agencies