Libya’s Mabruk field was attacked by unknown gunmen last night said the National Oil Corporation spokesperson, the latest in a string of assaults on the war-torn country’s oilfields.
Mohamed al-Harari confirmed the armed attack but would not provide any further details.
Abdelhakim Maazab, commander of a force guarding the oilfield, told the BBC at least 11 people were killed including one man from sub-Saharan Africa. Mabruk, which is operated by Mabruk Oil Operations – a joint venture between the NOC and French oil major Total E&P – stopped producing last December when nearby Sidra Terminal shut down due to clashes in the Gulf of Sirte.
Total told Reuters that none of its employees remained at the site after it withdrew its staff in 2013.
Libya’s lucrative oilfields in the South and the East have become flashpoints for clashes since the end of last year, as forces allied to the internationally-recognized government and to a rival administration in Tripoli, have battled for control over the country’s oil revenues.