Firefighters try to put out the fire in an oil tank in the port of Es Sider, in Ras Lanuf, Libya, in this file picture taken January 6, 2016. The attacks against Libya's biggest oil terminals were lethal and sustained. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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ISIS militants set fire on Thursday to oil storage tanks in a fresh assault on Ras Lanouf terminal in northern Libya and the group threatened further attacks as they exploit a prolonged power vacuum in the large north African nation.The ISIS militants drove into the oil storage site early in the morning and clashed with security guards before retreating and firing from a distance to set four tanks on fire, NOC spokesman Mohamed al-Harari said.Two weeks ago clashes between ISIS and the Petroleum Facilities Guards who control the area around Es Sidra and Ras Lanouf left seven oil storage tanks damaged by fire and at least 18 guards dead.At least 1.3 million barrels of oil were lost as a result of the clashes and up to 3 million barrels could be at risk because of the latest attack, said NOC spokesman Harari.
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