NOC Accuses Outlaw Armed Gangs of Failed Attack Amidst Growing Crisis – Al Marsad
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The National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli issued a statement on the “failed attempt to break into its headquarters,” describing the incident as a terrorist act carried out by criminal gangs.

(Libya, 23 November 2020) – Skirmishes took place today between the 92nd Infantry Brigade and the 444th Fighting Brigade of the Tripoli Military Region against the backdrop of a conflict over control of the headquarters, including those of the NOC and the Central Post in al-Zawiya Street.

The NOC indicated in a statement on its official website: “Today noon some outlawed armed gangs attempted to forcefully enter the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation in the capital, Tripoli. The members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard charged with protecting the NOC’s building were surprised by armed vehicles in the opposite direction to the traffic that carried out some chaotic movements and tried to break in.”

Immediately after the accident, the Petroleum Facilities Guard of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior called for additional reinforcements to repel these outlawed rogue gangs. These forces expelled them without any human or material damage, according to the NOC’s statement.

“It is worth noting that there were threats against a senior official in the NOC this morning that may be related to the incident. The NOC has filed a report with the Attorney General’s office to investigate the circumstances of the failed attack and anyone directly or indirectly related to this terrorist act to take all necessary measures to protect the oil sector against these desperate attempts,” added the statement.

The NOC did not fail to thank both the Petroleum Facilities Guard of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Interior for their “professional and heroic” action to protect the NOC and its employees against this criminal act.

“We commend them for their relentless pursuit to establish the state of institutions and law we all seek, and against militias and armed gangs that seek to destabilize peace and security inside the capital, Tripoli,” concluded the NOC.

The attack today happens against the backdrop of a war of words between Mustafa Sanallah of the NOC and Siddik al-Kabir, the governor of the Central Bank.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)

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