ENI made it known that the militia action lasted about an hour and then the situation returned almost to normal, despite the fact that there were tensions also the following day. According to a statement quoted by Republic and disseminated by the unions of the plant, and denied by an ENI spokesman, the militiamen would have instead come to block the entry and exit of employees, endangering their safety.
The militia action began after the local security officer, Imad al-Din Masoud, was arrested on a mandate from the Libyan Public Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of illegal trafficking. The militiamen had considered the arrest of al-Din Masoud a “kidnapping”.
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