Tuesday, April 23, 2013

French embassy in Tripoli Libya hit by car bomb

A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents.The blast in Tripoli destroyed the embassy’s ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops.
French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over this “unacceptable” attack.It is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital.
Tuesday’s explosion happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart residential area of Tripoli. One of the embassy’s guards was severely injured while the other suffered lighter injuries. Several residents were also slightly hurt.One young girl suffered a spinal cord injury and was being transferred to neighbouring Tunisia for treatment, her father told the BBC.The blast took place in a small side street and left a scene of devastation, the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli reports.

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