Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli

Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli
Lebanese army soldiers ride on their military vehicles after being deployed to tighten security following days of clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in the northern port city of Tripoli October 28, 2013.

TRIPOLI - Heavy shooting from guns and anti-aircraft weapons could be heard early on Tuesday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Reuters witnesses said.

Fighting erupted between militias in the eastern Suq al-Juma area, said a militia source with government ties, adding that he had no further information.

A Facebook website showed what it said were two burned-out cars though Reuters could not verify its authenticity.

An interior ministry official said he had no information about the shooting, when contacted by Reuters. A defence ministry official declined to comment.

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