(KUFRA, Libyia) -- At least 16 people have been killed in two days of fighting between government troops and tribal fighters in the southern Libyian town of Kufra, BBC News reports.
Government officials said the fighting began after members of the Toubou tribe attacked a checkpoint and tried to steal vehicles from a nearby security building. But Toubou tribe representatives said that security forces attacked them and accused them of trying to "exterminate" them, says the BBC.
Women and children were among the 16 killed and dozens of others were injured in the clashes. Correspondents say the actual death toll could be much higher, according to the BBC.
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