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Reuters: Libyan military shells Turkish cargo ship, crew member killed

* Turkey says vessel was carrying plasterboard to Tobruk
* Libyan government has accused Turkey of sending arms to foes (Adds rival government statement)

BENGHAZI, Libya/ANKARA, May 11 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said on Monday they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned not to approach, and one crew member was killed in what Turkey described as a "contemptible attack".

Libya is in a state of violent factional chaos with two rival governments backed by various armed groups vying for control of the oil-producing North African state including its ports, four years after rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.

The dry cargo ship was targeted about 10 miles from the coast on Sunday after it was told not to break a ban on approaching the eastern city of Derna, Libyan military spokesman Mohamed Hejazi told Reuters.

WNU Editor: A Turkish commercial ship going to an Islamist controlled port with gypsum/plasterboard while war rages throughout the country .... something does not connect here.

More News On The Libyan Military Attacking A Turkish Cargo Ship

Libyan Navy Attacks Turkish Ship in Mediterranean, Kills One -- Bloomberg
Turkish Cargo Ship Attacked Near Libya -- WSJ
Libya conflict: Turkish ship 'bombed near Tobruk' -- BBC
Libya MP says Turkish ship hit as headed for Islamist port -- AFP
Turkish Cargo Ship Attacked Off Libyan Coast -- NYT
Turkey’s Libya policy in shambles as ship attacked in Mediterranean -- Today's Zaman
Anger in Ankara over bombing of Turkish ship off coast of Libya -- Euronews
Turkey sends warship to escort cargo ship attacked off Libya -- Xinhua

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