VALLETTA - Suspected Libyan rebels have seized a gasoline tanker off Malta, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday, and the vessel was sailing for Benghazi, stronghold of forces opposed to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The Cartagena was anchored on Hurd's Bank just outside Maltese territorial waters when it was approached by a Libyan flagged tugboat and boarded at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday, said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified.
The vessel belongs to the Libyan government's shipping arm, the General National Maritime Transport Company, which is believed to be controlled by Gaddafi's son Hannibal, who is on a sanctions list.
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