A powerful explosion early today rocked the French Embassy in Libya, wounding two of its guards, an official with the prime minister’s office said.
The blast also shook nearby houses in the upscale Tripoli district of Hay al-Andalus, Muftah Beleid, an official in the premier’s press office, said by phone. He said the explosion damaged the embassy building, though didn’t provide details or comment on the type of bomb.
The incident was the latest example of the security challenges gripping the oil-rich North African nation since the 2011 ouster and subsequent death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Since then, Libya’s new central government has struggled to rein in armed militias and Islamist militants, including those blamed for the September death of the U.S. ambassador to the country. Several foreign missions and diplomats have been targeted by militants, mostly in the eastern part of Libya where the uprising against Qaddafi originated.
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