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Libya rebels seize gasoline tanker

Libyan rebel forces last night boarded a fuel tanker belonging to Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, seized it and are sailing the vessel laden with gasoline to Benghazi

The ship was boarded by Libyan nationals acting without the National Transitional Council’s (NTC) knowledge, said a source familiar with the operation. A European government provided logistical support for the action, which is believed to have involved special forces boarding the ship from the air. Western diplomatic sources were unable to confirm or deny the account of the vessel’s boarding. The ship, the Cartagena, is carrying almost 40,000 tonnes of gasoline. It belongs to General National Maritime Transport (GNMTC), the state-owned shipping firm under the control of Qadhafi’s son Hannibal. The operation would be the second time rebels had seized a tanker shipping fuel to the regime. I

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