Tripoli: At least 50 people have died in a bomb attack on a police training centre in Libya, according to news reports. The blast follows Monday’s attack by Islamic State on the Al-Sidra oil complex which lies about 400 kilometres (248 miles) west of Benghazi.
Firefighters struggled to put out the flames as an oil tank was set alight in clashes between IS and Libya’s government troops. It took several hours before the Islamist fighters were pushed back.
A spokesmen for the government forces said six of its troops had been killed in the attack, as well as five IS militants.
A spokesman from the Harouge Oil Company on Wednesday that the whole area was in danger with firefighters trying to control blazes at four oil storage tanks in Sidra and one in Ras Lanouf.
Each tank is believed to hold more than 400,000 barrels of oil. Officials at Sirt Oil Company appealed for help in dealing with the fire.
IS has been trying to take control on the oil fields which are east of its coastal stronghold of Sirte – they failed to take control of Sidra in an attack last October.