Militants attack oil pipeline in eastern Libya

26 December 2017 | 21:32

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 26 December 2017 | 21:32

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd-R) is received by Libyan air force chief Saqr al-Jaroushi (3rd-R) upon his arrival at Benina International Airport, 19 kilometres east of Libya's second city of Benghazi, on December 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/ Abdullah Doma)

BENGHAZI, Libya: A Libyan official said militants have bombed a pipeline pumping crude oil to the port of Sidr.

Col. Muftah Amgharief, from the security force guarding oil facilities in eastern Libya, said Tuesday's bombing appeared to have been carried out by the Islamic State group, which is active in the area. He says the attack could reduce Libya's oil production by up to 100,000 barrels a day.

The country is currently producing 970,000 barrels per day, down from 1.6 billion before the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and plunged the country into chaos.

Libya is now split between rival governments and militias.

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