Tuesday, April 23, 2013

French Embassy Bombed

French Embassy Bombed, The Libyan foreign ministry called the attack in Tripoli a "terrorist" incident.

Witnesses site said the wall surrounding the property was destroyed and the embassy building extensively damaged. Two cars parked near the embassy were also destroyed...Reported...thenews.com.pk.

The explosion occurred around 7:00 am (0500 GMT), residents said.

A French source confirmed an attack against the embassy and said one guard was seriously wounded and another lightly hurt.

The mission is located in a two-storey villa in the upmarket Gargaresh area.

"We heard a loud blast at 7:00 am. It was a big mistake to site the French embassy in our neighbourhood," said a local resident.

France condemned the"odious" attack.

"In liaison with the Libyan authorities, the services of the state will do everything to establish the circumstances of this odious act and rapidly identify the perpetrators," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

The impact of the explosion also severely damaged two villas near the embassy, while windows of a shop 200 metres (yards) away were blown out.

The street in front of the mission was flooded with water, apparently from a pipe ripped by the blast.

There was no immediate information on who carried out the attack or what the motives.

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