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Bomb explodes on runway of Libya's main airport in Tripoli

By Hani Amera and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on the runway of Libya's main airport on Friday, the transport minister said, highlighting the deteriorating security situation in the north African country almost three years after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted. Supposedly one of the best guarded places in Libya, unknown people managed to get onto the runway at Tripoli International Airport, plant an explosive device at dawn and detonate it using a timer, Transport Minister Abdelqader Mohammed Ahmed said.

Libya's Tripoli airport closed after rockets hit runway

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan authorities closed the airport in the capital Tripoli on Friday after rockets hit a runway, airport sources and state media said. "Flights were halted but we hope to reopen the airport within hours," a senior security official said, adding workers were clearing the runway of debris. State news agency LANA said two rockets landed at dawn on a runway. The cause was unclear but gunfire could be heard during the night in the capital, residents said.

Rockets hit runway in Libya's Tripoli, halting flights

Two rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Libya's capital Tripoli on Friday, forcing the suspension of flights, an airport source said. "Two rockets exploded on the main runway of the airport, causing damage. For security reasons, flights were suspended until further notice," the source said on condition of anonymity. The blasts took place at around 05:00 am (0300 GMT), at a time when the day's inbound and outbound traffic had yet to begin.

Libya mobilises forces to fight 'terrorist groups'

Libya's government announced Thursday it was mobilising its security forces after acknowledging for the first time that "terrorist groups" were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners. Three years after a revolution toppled long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi and left the country awash with guns, near-daily attacks continue unchecked across Libya. An overnight government statement called on "the international community and in particular the United Nations to provide the necessary support to eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities".

Libya vows to fight 'scourge' of terrorism

The Libyan government on Thursday vowed to fight terrorism, in its first acknowledgement that "terrorist groups" were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners. Three years after a revolution toppled long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi and left the country awash with guns, near-daily attacks continue unchecked across Libya. "The nation finds itself in a confrontation with terrorist groups, and it falls upon the government to mobilise its military and security forces to fight this scourge," the government said in a statement on its website.

Libya calls for foreign help to 'eradicate terrorism'

The Libyan government on Thursday appealed for foreign help to fight terrorism, in its first acknowledgement that "terrorist groups" were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners. "There will be no place for terrorism in Libya... and Libyans must be prepared for such a battle in terms of caution, awareness and sacrifice," the government said in a statement which called on the international community to help "eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities". bra-ila/fb/st

U.N. Security Council authorizes boarding Libya rebels' oil tankers

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday authorized countries to board ships suspected of carrying oil from Libyan rebel-held ports, days after U.S. naval forces seized an oil-laden tanker that sailed from a rebel zone in chaotic eastern Libya. Libya's central government and rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran are locked in a long-running standoff over a blockade of three oil ports Jathran's men took over last summer to press for eastern autonomy and a greater share of the country's oil revenues.

Libyan rebel leader calls U.S. Navy "pirates" after tanker seized

By Ulf Laessing and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A Libyan rebel leader accused the United States on Tuesday of behaving like pirates after U.S. naval forces seized an oil-laden tanker that had sailed from a rebel-held port in the east of the chaotic North African state.

Car bombs kill at least eight at Libya army academy in Benghazi

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A powerful car bomb attack targeted a military academy in Libya's eastern of city of Benghazi on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen, hospital and security officials said. Instability in the eastern city is part of the struggle a weak central government faces in controlling armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who once battled Muammar Gaddafi and now refuse to disarm.

U.S. forces seize tanker carrying oil from Libya rebel port

By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - U.S. special forces have seized a tanker that fled with a cargo of oil from a Libyan port controlled by anti-government rebels, halting their attempt to sell crude on the global market. Gunmen demanding regional autonomy and a share of oil wealth had managed to load the ship, which escaped Libya's navy and triggered a crisis that prompted parliament to sack the prime minister.
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