Gunmen kill 12 Libyans, foreigners at oilfield raid




 
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February 5th, 2015  
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Topic: Gunmen kill 12 Libyans, foreigners at oilfield raid


By Feras Bosalum and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 12 people, among them two Filipino and two Ghanaian nationals, after storming a remote, Libyan oilfield, a Libyan official said on Wednesday. "Most were beheaded or killed by gunfire," said Abdelhakim Maazab, commander of a security force in charge of protecting the al-Mabrook oilfield, some 170 km (105 miles) south of the Mediterranean city of Sirte. A French diplomatic source in Paris and another Libyan official said Islamic State militants were behind the attack, which took place on Tuesday night. The violence followed an assault on a hotel in Tripoli last week that killed nine people, including five foreigners, underscoring the deteriorating security situation in Libya more than three years after the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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