Smoke rises form the headquarters of Libyan state oil firm National Oil Corporation after three masked persons attacked it, Tripoli, Libya, Sept. 10, 2018. (Reuters/Hani Amara)
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Security forces loyal to Libya's United Nations-backed government Monday stormed the headquarters of the country's National Oil Company in the capital of Tripoli shortly after gunmen invaded the building, shooting randomly, setting off explosions and taking hostages, officials said.The Health Ministry said two people were killed and 10 others wounded in the attack. Mustafa Sanallah, head of the Libyan National Oil Company, told a local television channel that the explosions and an exchange of gunfire between the attackers and the building's security guards were behind the casualties.Gen. Abdul-Salam Ashour, said the attack had been carried out by six gunmen.The U.N. mission in Libya condemned the attack, describing it as "cowardly," and called on Libya to cease its "futile side conflicts" and unite to rid the nation of terrorism.Monday's attack followed recent fighting in Tripoli among rival armed groups, which left at least 61 people dead.
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