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Bomb Explodes Outside U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Eastern Libya

June 06, 2012

A bomb exploded outside the gate of the U.S. mission in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, causing no casualties, a U.S. Embassy official said in a phone interview.

The explosion occurred late yesterday, according to the official, who declined to be identified in line with embassy policy in the country. The official said the U.S. has tightened security around all its offices in Libya and is working with Libyan authorities to investigate the attack.

Libya’s interim leaders have struggled to stabilize the North African nation following last year’s bloody uprising that ended with Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster and death. Militias and other armed groups still operate freely, even as the national military is trying to assert greater control in the run-up to parliamentary elections scheduled for June 19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Stephen in Tripoli via Cairo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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