Unknown armed assailants attacked National Oil Corporation (NOC) headquarters at 9am local time in Tripoli this morning, Monday September 10, 2018. There were a number of explosions inside the building and intense shooting, with a number of staff temporarily held hostage. Security forces arrived and liberated the building and those inside. Two NOC staff were killed in the attack. Additionally 10 employees were injured who have been evacuated to hospital for treatment.
According to NOC chairman Eng. Mustafa Sanalla who was inside the building at the time of the attack: “We solemnly mourn the death of those martyred by the terrorists and wish a speedy recovery to the those injured. We praise our staff for their bravery in the face of unbelievable violence, and give thanks to the swift response of the emergency services and the security teams working to end this horrific situation.
“Far more important than the considerable damage to our building is the human cost of such an attack. Our people are our most precious asset. NOC will not change in its mission because of such actions - we will stay strong and resolute. There has been no impact on production and operations. This incident however serves to demonstrate the fragile security situation in our country and the need for additional measures to ensure NOC is able to withstand those that seek to halt Libya’s recovery. We call on all parties to ensure that the perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice. God bless Libya.”
10 September 2018