Bomb Hits Libyan Oil Pipeline, Halts Flow To Port

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A bomb exploded at an oil pipeline from Libya’s El Sarir field on Saturday, halting flows to Hariga port as the country struggles to restore crude exports battered by factional fighting. Reuters report:

In a separate incident, gunmen stormed government buildings in the coastal city of Sirte, forcing officials out at gunpoint and taking over administrative offices and television and radio stations, the state news agency said. No more details were immediately available. Several Islamist militant groups are active in Sirte.

Libya is riven by conflict, with two rival governments operating their own armed forces and separate parliaments, nearly four years after the civil war that led to the overthrow and killing of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The fighting also involves Islamist militant groups, former rebels, ex-Gaddafi troops and tribal and federalist factions often pursuing local causes. No group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s pipeline bombing. Oil infrastructure, ports and pipelines in the North African OPEC member state are often targets of attack.

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