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Russia’s Wagner mercenaries working on illicit oil shipping, Libyan sources say

Vehicles and trucks as well as excavators and Russian Wagner Group’s mercenaries convoys were seen on Tuesday heading to Sirte, according to the media office of the Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation.

The media office added that eight armed vehicles and four cars laden with ammunition as well as a mobile operations and control room followed by drones were seen on Brega to Sirte road.

It added that the second convoy was on the road from Ajdabiya moving westward and it was made of three dimmed buses, two ammunition vehicles and three security cars to protect the Wagner Group mercenaries inside the buses.

“Wagner mercenaries are working on a linking tube inside trenches to be used to pump oil from the south to north and then to be shipped.” The media office indicated, saying this was previously confirmed in June by the Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, who said Wagner and Janjaweed mercenaries were controlling Sharara oilfield.

It also reiterated that such mercenaries’ movements threaten the Libyan national security and undermine the interests of US and European oil firms that would be subject to illicit oil work by the Russian Wagner Group.

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