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Libyan government warplane attacks ‘unflagged’ ship off coast

An oil official said the ship was actually a tanker which had been carrying 25,000 tons of gasoil

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Libya’s official government deployed warplanes to attack a ship off the Libyan port of Sirte on Sunday, the country’s air force commander said.

“Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters. "We gave it a chance to evaluate the situation, then our fighting jets attacked the ship because it was unloading fighters and weapons,” he added.

An oil official said the ship was actually a tanker which had been carrying 25,000 tons of gasoil.