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Libya’s NOC thwarts “terrorist attempt” by armed group to storm Tripoli HQ

An armed group attempted to storm Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli but was stopped by guards, the NOC said on Monday, outlining the security risks that the country’s energy industry continues to face, adding that the incident is a “terrorist act” that needs to be probed so all perpetrators can face justice.

NOC said in a statement the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) had stopped the armed group entering the building and that nobody was hurt in the incident.

The state-owned oil company also said that the assault followed threats made against a senior NOC official, adding that the Libyan Attorney General’s office was informed of the names and incident in detail.

“The group blocked the road in front of the building with vehicles. A man speaking on a video on social media, apparently a member of the armed group, can be heard calling for the resignation of NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla.” Reuters reported.

It added that Libyan oil source said the armed group had positioned itself outside the high fence of the headquarters but was not stopping people from entering or leaving the building.

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