Islamic terrorists Violent extremists Freedom fighters Militant activists Somebody or other blew up a car bomb in front of the French embassy in Tripoli this morning, doing extensive damage and injuring two security guards.
Many thanks to Bear for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for subtitling this French news report:
Below are excerpts from a Telegraph article about the attack:
French embassy in Tripoli hit by car bomb
A car bomb has hit the French Embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seriously injuring a security guard in the first major attack on a diplomatic mission in the city.
The bomb exploded before work started on Tuesday morning and there were no diplomats in the building. The security guard, who is French, was “gravely injured”, according to Libyan media, and the explosion caused major damage, with the outer wall of the embassy compound and part of the main building collapsed.
Another French security guard was said to have been wounded, but to have less severe injuries.
No-one claimed responsibility, but suspicion will fall on Al-Qaeda linked elements operating inside Libya. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African branch of the terrorist organisation, has threatened to attack French interests in protest at France’s intervention in nearby Mali.
“We support and call all the Muslims to target France and its interests and subjects inside and outside France until it withdraws the last soldier from the land of the Muslims,” Abu Abdulilah Ahmed, a spokesman for the group said, in an unusual Twitter question-and-answer session with journalists only last Friday.
“Repelling France’s aggressive assault is an obligation of every Muslim not just al-Qaeda.”
Tuesday’s explosion damaged houses along the street occupied by the embassy in the upmarket Hay Andalus area of the city. The twisted wreckage of the car used in the attack was lying in the middle of the street.
The attack was condemned by the French president, Francois Hollande, and the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, was expected fly to Tripoli later in the day.
“France expects the Libyan authorities to shed the fullest light on this unacceptable act, so that the perpetrators are identified and brought to justice,” Mr Hollande said.
Libya’s foreign minister, Mohammed Abdul Aziz, visited the embassy, where a reception had been held on Monday night for two visiting French MPs.
“We strongly condemn this act, which we regard as a terrorist act against a brother nation that supported Libya during the revolution,” he said.
And from ANSAmed:
Car Bomb Explodes Outside French Embassy in Libya
Two guards injured. Fabius condemns “heinous” attack
(ANSAmed) — Paris, April 23 — A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in Tripoli injuring two security guards.
French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius condemned the attack and underlined France’s strong condemnation. “France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against its embassy in Tripoli which resulted in the wounding of two members of staff”, the note read. “Alongside the Libyan authorities we will do everything possible to shed light on this heinous attack so that the perpetrators are quickly identified.” Fabius wished a speedy recovery to the injured guards and expressed his “full solidarity”.
Hat tips for the articles: JP and Insubria.