Oil production has been suspended for several days at three oil fields in Libya after armed militia shut off pipelines yesterday.

In a statement  Libya’s National Oil Company said the output of oil, nearly one million barrels per day prior to the stoppage, had fallen by more than 360 000 barrels per day.

Libya, which has Africa’s largest oil reserves, used to produce about 1.6 million barrels per day before the 2011 armed uprising that toppled and killed its leader  Muammar Gaddafi.

The country has however only managed to export a few tankers of crude oil in recent months, with efforts to revive the industry thwarted by jihadist attacks and political turmoil.