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Clash between tribesmen in western Libya kills 11

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ESAM MOHAMED | September 13, 2013 08:54 AM EST | AP

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TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan security official says fighting between members of two rival tribes in a southwestern town near the Algerian border has killed 11, and forced several residents to flee.

The official says clashes erupted late Thursday between border guards from the western tribe of Zintan and Garamna tribesmen, following a personal dispute.

The fighting took place in the town of Derj, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southwest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The officials says several residents fled into Algeria after Zintan border guards set fire to houses of the rival tribe. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Deep-rooted tribal rivalry burst to the surface in Libya after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year-rule in the 2011 revolt.