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Security official says Libyan gas exported to Italy halted after clashes

A Libyan security official says transport of natural gas to Italy has been halted after clashes between armed tribesmen and forces guarding a natural gas complex in the country's west.

The official said Sunday the clashes broke out a day earlier between guards at the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex near Zwara city, west of Tripoli, and local ethnic Berber tribesmen. The complex is a joint venture between Libya's National Oil Corporation and Italy's largest energy company, Eni SpA.

It was not clear what set off the clashes. The official said a company staffer was injured.

He said the halt of exports is a security measure, but no pipelines were affected. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

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