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French embassy in Libya hit by car bomb

Tripoli, Apr 24 (): A car bomb explosion outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, has seriously injured two French guards and several residents. This blast is the first major attack on a diplomatic mission in the city since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.

Libyan media said the security guard,a French, was gravely injured. Another French security guard was said to have been wounded, but had less severe injuries. A Libyan girl in her teens, who was in a nearby house, was also hurt from the blast.

The explosion destroyed the ground-floor reception area of the embassy and the compound wall, as well as damaging neighbouring shops and homes. Two cars parked outside the embassy caught fire. Fire fighters rushed to the scene of the attack as smoke rose into the sky.

The incident happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart residential area of Tripoli and it is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital.

The attack was condemned by the French president, Francois Hollande, calling on Libya to act swiftly over this unacceptable attack and the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, was expected fly to Tripoli as early as possible.

The Libyan government condemned the severe attack on the French embassy in Tripoli saying it will take all measures to find the criminals. A statement said “the aggression on the French embassy is also aimed at the security and stability of Libya.”

It described the attack as a “terrorist aggression” saying that the Libyan government and people totally reject such acts and in no way represent the Libyan people who hold the French assistance high during the 2011 uprising.

The government said it is prepared to cooperate with all parties to find the perpetrators and face justice. Francois Hollande has also called Tripoli to act quickly to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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