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Libya halts N.Korea flagged tanker: military source

  • Rebels under Ibrahim Jathran, a former anti-Gaddafi rebel who seized the port and two others with thousands of his men in August, stand guard at the entrance of the Es Sider export terminal where a North Korean-flagged tanker has docked in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan authorities said Monday they had stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it tried to leave with an "illegal" shipment of crude oil from a rebel-held port.

A military source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the navy intercepted the ship and would lead it "towards a port controlled by the state".

The country's highest political authority, the General National Congress, confirmed the news, according to Libyan broadcaster Al-Nabaa.

 
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