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Oil Tanker Bombed at Libyan Port as Supply Threat Increases

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A Greek-operated oil tanker was bombed near a port in eastern Libya, killing two sailors and underscoring a growing threat to shipments from the country with Africa’s biggest crude reserves where violence is escalating.

The Araevo, flying a Liberian flag, was struck by a rocket during an airstrike on Jan. 4 in front of Derna port, killing two crew members and seriously injuring two others, according to an e-mailed statement yesterday from Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp. The attack didn’t result in a leak and the vessel is now in Tobruk port also in the east, Ilias Syrros, the safety manager for Aegean Shipping Enterprises Co., the Piraeus, Greece-based firm operating the tanker, said by phone.