In Libya, Fears Of Oil Field Attack Grow
By Jomana Karadsheh, Salma Abdelaziz and Joe Sterling
A threat targeting the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has allegedly surfaced after last week’s bloody hostage crisis in neighboring Algeria.
But while Libya has ratcheted up its protection of Benghazi and its nearby oil fields, its government downplayed the situation on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Interior strongly denies existence of threats against the stabilities and security of the Western citizens and residents who live in Benghazi, and assure that the Benghazi security situation is stable,” said a statement from the official Libyan news agency.
“Terrorism has no religion or country,” said Jumma Atiga, a high-ranking Libyan politician. “Terrorism can strike anywhere in the world, even …countries like Britain, aren’t immune to terrorism. But to have this announcement that hints at something that doesn’t really exist on the ground, is not justified enough, in our opinion.”
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