Armed robbery targets Libyan state oil firm in Tripoli - The Libyan Report

Armed robbery targets Libyan state oil firm in Tripoli

The National Oil Corporation said two masked men stormed the building and held guards captive until the next day

Libya's state oil firm said armed men had opened fire on Friday at the headquarters of a wells drilling and maintenance unit in the capital.

The National Oil Corporation said in a statement that two masked men had stormed the building, holding two guards captive until the next morning.

"The personal belongings of the two captives were stolen, in addition to a number of devices belonging to the company," NOC said.

No more details were immediately available.

In September 2018, militants loyal to Islamic State attacked the NOC headquarters in Tripoli, killing two and wounding at least 25.

The United Nations envoy to Libya said last week he has launched “an intensive campaign” for an international conference to deliver a message that the offensive launched five months ago by a rebel commander must end.

Ghassan Salame also urged the Security Council that unless key regional and international countries recognise that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability, “the conflict will continue”.

Without an immediate end to the conflict, he said, “we are faced with two highly unpalatable scenarios” — a protracted low-intensity conflict with more destruction “and a growing transnational terrorist threat,” or “a doubling down of military support to one side or the other by their external patrons” that will sharply escalate fighting and “assuredly plunge the entire region into chaos.”

A civil war in Libya in 2011 toppled and later killed longtime dictator Muammar Gadhafi.

In the chaos that followed, the country was divided, with a weak UN-supported administration in Tripoli overseeing the country’s west, and a rival government in the east aligned with the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter.

Field Marshal Hafter’s LNA launched a surprise military offensive on April 4 aimed at capturing Tripoli. The LNA is the largest and most organised of the country’s many militias, and enjoys the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. source