Libya: Truce Called Between Libya Deterrence Forces And Tabu Tribe

06/11/2012 01:56 pm ET

CAIRO -- A Libyan military spokesman says warring parties in southern Libya have reached a truce after nearly three days of clashes that left at least three dead.

Ali al-Sheikhi, spokesman of the Libyan army chief of staff, says the southern city of Kufra is quiet after clashes erupted between the government's Libya Deterrence Forces and the Tabu tribe of African origins.

He said Monday that three of his forces were killed and 20 others wounded. It's not known how many were killed on the Tabu side.

He said the fighting with the Tabu tribe started when his forces came under fire on Saturday. The government troops were originally deployed to separate Tabu fighters from another powerful tribe of Arab origins, called Zwia.