LNA Says Islamic State Preparing To Attack Southern Libya’s Oil Wells


The Director of the Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub announced that the LNA had monitored movements by the Islamic State (IS) that suggested they planned to attack oil wells in southern Libya.

He stressed that the situation is under control and that their forces were ready to confront any attempt to penetrate. Military sources confirmed that sleeper cells belonging to the IS conducted exercises in the Haruj mountains, southeast of Tripoli.

The IS is carrying out preparatory operations to launch an attack on oil wells in southern Libya in an attempt to sabotage the existing paths to unify Libyan institutions, the sources added.

Last Wednesday, the LNA stopped armed clashes in the Al-Fateh neighborhood of Sebha. The clashes, which took place for two days, resulted in two deaths and three injuries. A number of houses in the area were also damaged.

Libya has been marred in chaos since the killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.