Turkish cargo ship attacked off Libya, captain dead

2015-05-11 14:52

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Istanbul - A captain on a Turkish cargo ship was killed and several crew members injured when their vessel was attacked off the Libyan coast, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The ship had set sail from Spain, bound for the eastern Libyan port of Tobruk, when it was attacked Sunday night, the ministry said.

The vessel was shot at first by artillery from the coast while it was in international waters about 21km from the coast, but as it turned, it was also hit by airstrikes, the ministry said.

Libyan news site al-Wasat quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the ship was targeted by the Libyan air force as it headed for the jihadist-controlled port of Derna.

Injured crew members

The ship was in Libyan territorial waters, some 18.5km from the coast, when it was hit after entering an exclusion zone around Derna, the official said.

The ship subsequently headed for Tobruk, controlled by Libya's internationally recognised government, where injured crew members were given treatment, the official was quoted as saying.

Derna is a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group in Libya. Rival jihadist forces are also present in the city, and neither of the country's two rival governments has any control there.

In January two sailors were reported killed when the Libyan air force bombed a Greek-owned tanker in port in Derna.

Turkey condemned the incident and demanded that attacks on civilians stop immediately and those responsible be brought to justice.

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