3 dead in Libyan militant attack on oil production field

ESAM MOHAMED, Associated Press

Libyan officials say gunmen have attacked a partly French-owned oil field and shot to death three guards.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say gunmen have attacked a partly French-owned oil field and shot to death three guards.

No group claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on the al-Mabrouk oil field, 170 kilometers (105 miles) south of the coastal city of Sirte.

A spokesman for Libya's state-run National Oil Corp., Mohammed al-Harari, said Wednesday that all of the other employees at the oil field escaped injury.

National Oil owns the field jointly with Total, but the French energy company said its employees left the facility in 2013 because of increasing security risks.

The French government said none of its nationals was caught up in the attack.

It coincided with wider fighting in western and eastern Libya. The worst of the clashes between pro-government forces and rebels left 18 dead Tuesday in the port city of Benghazi, according to a hospital official.

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