TRIPOLI, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Armed clashes erupted west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, leaving two dead and another seriously injured, Libyan lawmaker Mustafa al-Triki told Xinhua News Agency.
Al-Triki said that the national security forces' group Libya Shield confronted armed militiamen in Gilad, 80 km West of Tripoli, after the latter seized ten civilians from Zawiya. Zawiya is 30 km away from Gilad, the village where the capture took place.
Speaking with Xinhua, al-Triki said "Libya Shield opened fire on the militiamen after several attempts to convince them to release the hostages," he said, adding "the situation calmed after the Libya Shield forces managed to free all the abducted civilians and withdrew."
Commenting on the security in the region, al-Triki said the situation is "very bad" and that "criminality is increasing," noting that after the fall of the former regime, about 200 murders were recorded, which were mainly due to conflicts involving drugs or tribal disputes.
Libyan authorities are struggling to establish security and a stable military institution that will respect the rule of law in a country flooded with weapons from the previous conflict with the former regime.