KABUL: (Middle East Press) According to oilfield commander, at least Eight Libyans, two Ghanaian and three Filipino nationals were killed following an attack on Libya’s Mabrook oilfield.
“All of them had their throats slit apart from one Libyan, who was shot dead,” AFP quoted Abdelhakim Maazab, the commander of the force protecting the field, as saying on Wednesday.
Reuters quoted him as saying that his soldiers had retaken charge of the field after the gunmen left the oilfield late on Tuesday.
The development comes as armed militant factions joined with two rival governments in Libya fight for control of Libya almost four years following the downfall of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
Work at the oilfield, located south of the city of Sirte, and came to a halt in December after armed clashes shut down the Es Sider oil port.
Sirte is the stronghold of the militant group Ansar al-Sharia. The area has been overwhelmed by clashes as armed groups compete for control of the Es Sider and Ra’s Lanuf oil ports.
Meanwhile, French oil giant Total, which jointly operates the Mabrook oilfield with the state-run National Oil Corp, announced that it had earlier pulled out its staff from the facility.