A general view of the industrial zone at the oil port of Ras Lanuf in this March 11, 2014.REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Daesh (ISIS) militants set fire 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.Libya remains dogged by violence and political turmoil nearly five years after the overthrow of veteran leader Moammar Gadhafi, with two rival governments and parliaments based in Tripoli and in the east as well as various factions vying for power and a share of the country's oil wealth.Two weeks ago clashes between Daesh and the Petroleum Facilities Guards who control the area around Es Sider 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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