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He added, however, that the militants were unlikely to target oil or gas installations in Libya because they need support from the population.

“Targeting these installations would turn Libyan workers and tribes against them,” he said.

Oil companies working in other parts of Libya said they were aware of government warnings to citizens, but there were no immediate plans for evacuations.

• Associated Press writers Mike Corder in The Hague, Juergen Baetz in Berlin, Maggie Michael in Cairo, Paisley Dodds and Gregory Katz in London, and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this article.