TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - A Libyan helicopter carrying military commanders from Tripoli's self-styled government was shot down on Tuesday by another armed faction west of the capital, and at least 12 people were killed, authorities and security sources said.
A spokesman for the Tripoli government's chief of staff said the helicopter had been returning to the capital when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea near al-Maya.
Libya is caught in a conflict involving two rival governments, based respectively in Tripoli and in the east, as well as a myriad of armed factions that back them in loose coalitions.
Armed groups often act independently according to tribal, local or regional loyalties and interests. Tripoli officials blamed the Washafana tribal army for the attack.
(Editing by Kevin Liffey)