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Libyan Fighters Search Capital for Opponents After Firefight

October 16, 2011

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan fighters searched neighborhoods in Tripoli for armed supporters of Muammar Qaddafi, after a firefight broke out between his loyalists and opponents in the capital.

Opposition troops combed apartment buildings for Qaddafi fighters and weapons yesterday after the battle on Oct. 14, which marked the first major fighting in the city since the rebels took control in August, the Associated Press reported. Concern over the looting of missiles and weapons has prompted the U.S. State Department to send dozens of contractors to the country to help aid in recovery efforts, the New York Times reported yesterday.

“The possibility that these weapons may cross borders is an area of considerable concern,” Andrew J. Shapiro, the assistant secretary of State for Political-Military affairs, told reporters on Oct. 14 in Brussels, according to AP.

The eight-month conflict interrupted oil production in Libya, which has the largest crude reserves of any African nation. National Oil Corp.’s Chairman Nuri Berruien said yesterday that Libya’s Sharara field, which is operated by Repsol YPF SA, is scheduled to start producing between 80,000 and 100,000 barrels a day of crude before the end of the month.

The North African country is currently producing 400,000 barrels a day of oil and is expected to meet its daily production goal of 500,000 barrels by the end of the month, Berruien said.

--With assistance from Ola Galal in Benghazi. Editors: Digby Lidstone, Louis Meixler.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mariam Fam in Cairo at mfam1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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