Greek oil tanker bombed in Libyan port of Derna

DERNA Jan 06:Libyan air force jets have bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker chartered by Libya’s national oil company, killing two crew members.

A Libyan military spokesman told the media that the ship’s movements at the port of Derna had aroused suspicion.

The oil company rejected this, saying the ship was delivering fuel to industrial facilities there and the authorities had been kept informed.

Derna has been controlled by Islamist militants for the past two years.

The Libyan military attacked the port several times last year in an attempt to weaken militant groups there.

The military spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Mesmari, said the tanker had been targeted because it had failed to submit to an inspection before entering the port.