"The armed forces were able to take control of the Bin Jawad area after clashes with armed groups and radicals. Troops were able to advance into the area after the groups attempted to attack Ras Lanuf," Obeidi said.
Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown after several months of civil war. The country was later contested by two rival governments, the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies and the Tripoli-based General National Congress.
On March 31, the long-anticipated UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya started to perform its duties. The government has so far failed to unite the country.
Daesh, which is a militant jihadist organization outlawed in many countries, including Russia, also maintains significant presence in the country, especially in and round Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte to the west of Bin Jawad.