Major gas-fired power plant attacked by militants in Libya

Islamic State militants are suspected of carrying out an attack on a major power plant in Libya on Saturday.

According to army sources, one of the units at Benghazi North combined cycle power plant in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was incapacitated after overnight shelling. A subsequent fire was since extinguished.
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Military Commander Fadhal al-Hassi told Reuters that Islamic State fighters were to blame. This could not be independently confirmed, though other Islamist groups operating in Benghazi do not tend to target civilian infrastructure.

Earlier this week, Islamic State militants attacked major oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, triggering several days of clashes and causing fires at seven oil storage tanks.

The power plant, which supplies much of eastern Libya, currently has an output of 910 MW. That is some 170 MW short of demand, meaning power is rationed to residential parts of Benghazi for several hours a day.



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