Firefighters try to put out the fire in an oil tank in the port of Es Sidra, in Ras Lanouf, Libya, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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An explosion hit a major oil pipeline south of the Libyan terminal of Ras Lanouf overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, a spokesman for Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) said.Last week, Islamic State militants attacked Ras Lanouf and the nearby terminal of Es Sidra. They killed at least 18 guards and set fire to seven oil storage tanks.On Thursday, a military official told Reuters that suspected Islamic State gunmen had attacked a Turkish company building a road near Maradah, about 160 km (100 miles) southeast of Ras Lanouf.A further 13 million barrels the company produced were refined in Libya for local use, at the eastern refineries of Sarir and Hariga and the western refinery of Zawiya, he said.
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