3 wounded in bombing at Algerian Embassy in Libya

2015-01-17 18:30
Smoke rises during clashes between the Libyan military and Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammed El-Sheikhy, AP)

Smoke rises during clashes between the Libyan military and Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammed El-Sheikhy, AP)

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Cairo - A bomb thrown near the Algerian Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli wounded three security guards on Saturday, Libyan security officials said.

The officials said the bomb came from a passing car and struck the guard's station, damaging a diplomatic vehicle and three other cars.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief journalists.

The attack comes as Libya remains mired in chaos since the overthrow and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya has two rival governments, each backed by an array of militias that have effectively split the nation. The internationally recognized parliament was pushed out of the capital, Tripoli, when a previous parliament backed by rival Islamist militias refused to cede power.

Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra condemned the attack on Saturday.

"We know that any attack targeting a diplomatic post is a crime against international law and we energetically condemn all attacks on the Algerian Embassy or other Algerian diplomatic posts in Libya," Lamamra said according to state news agency APS.

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