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Libya official: Gunmen kill 2 women, 3 kids near capital

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan health official says gunmen have killed two women and three children while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli.

The city has been the scene of fighting between rival militias since April. A U.N.-supported but weak government holds the capital. Forces associated with a rival government in the country’s east are trying to seize it. Both sides are dug in and shelling one another along Tripoli’s southern reaches.

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It was unclear who was behind the attack.

Malek Merset, spokesman for the Tripoli-based health ministry, said Thursday that one person from the car survived but was severely wounded.

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The attack occurred Wednesday as Abdel Rahman al-Tamimi his wife, sister and three children were traveling to the capital from his hometown of al-Aziziya, south of the city.

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