Armed men have stormed the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation in Tripoli, where a blast and gunfire were heard, witnesses and a security source have said.
The building near the city centre had caught fire and was surrounded by security services, they said. There was no official confirmation of any casualties.
“The security services are looking for gunmen in the building, but our priority is to evacuate the civilians stuck inside,” said Ahmed Ben Salem, a spokesman for al-Redaa, a militia that operates as Tripoli’s police force. “The situation is under control,” he said. He was not able to provide details on the identity of the attackers.