IS Militants Attack Libyan Port

Two governments still vying for control of country.

Islamic State Militants Attack Libyan Port

By Reuters

Islamic State militants attacked forces guarding one of Libya’s main oil ports on Thursday with a gun assault and an attempted car bomb in an escalation of their campaign in the North African state, a local security official said.

Islamic State has gained ground in Libya where two rival governments, one internationally recognized and the other self-declared, are battling for control, leaving a security vacuum four years after the uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

Militants attacked guards at a gate near Es Sider port, which is under the control of forces allied with the recognized government, the security official said. The terminal has been closed since December because of fighting with other rival armed factions and problems at supply oilfields.

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