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Gunmen attack Libya’s national oil corporation

Smoke rises after a militant blew himself up inside the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Libya [91.2 Crooze Fm/Twitter]
Smoke can be seen after a militant blew himself up inside the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Libya [91.2 Crooze Fm/Twitter]

A militant yesterday blew himself up inside the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Al-Arabiya has reported.

Local media said that masked gunmen stormed the NOC’s headquarters while a suicide bomber blew himself up with an explosive belt inside the company’s premises.

At least two NOC staff members were killed and ten others were injured in the attack. Two gunmen were also killed before security forces regained control of the building, according to the sources.

Libya descended in lawlessness when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a NATO-backed revolution in 2011. Uncontrolled factions have since fought for power with war breaking out between different alliances and Libya’s tribal factions. The UN-backed Government of National Accord chosen to implement law and order in the country has failed to ensure its legitimacy.

Read: East Libya oil terminals largely undamaged after fighting

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