(Adds government denial)
TUNIS, May 9 (Reuters) - A Libyan opposition newspaper said on Monday rebels were leading an uprising in the suburbs of Tripoli after being supplied with light weapons by defecting security service officers; the government denied the report.
A Reuters reporter said he could hear no gunfire and was unable to verify the report, posted on the website of the opposition newspaper Brnieq.
Brnieq quoted witnesses who said a full-scale uprising against the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was taking place in the suburbs of Tripoli.
A government official in Tripoli denied the report.
“It’s peaceful out there,” he said. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr in Berlin: Writing by Sylvia Westall in Tunis; editing by Andrew Dobbie)