Libyan Air Force Bombs Oil Tanker Off Its Coast


Monday / May 25, 2015

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Libyan air force on Sunday bombed a vessel off the Libyan coast on suspicion of carrying arms and ammunition to terrorist groups, injuring some of its crew members and damaging a large part of it, said a source from the national army.

Libyan military said the ship was unloading fighters and weapons, while officials say it was an oil tanker.

Saqer al-Joroushi, the head of Libya’s air force, told the Reuters news agency on Sunday that their jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning. They then attacked the ship because it was unloading fighters and weapons.

Rida Essa, commander of coastal guards in central Libya, said the tanker had been unloading gas oil for Sirte’s power plant when it came under attack. The ship was still on fire, he said. He also said that a crew member and a port worker had been wounded.

Similar incidents have taken place before. A Greek tanker was bombed by the Libyan air force in January, leaving two of its crew members killed. Two weeks ago, the Libyan air force targeted a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast, killing one of its crew members and injuring some others.

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SNM Events News Service
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