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Ban condemns Tripoli car bomb

24 April 2013, 14:30

New York - The UN Security Council and UN leader Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned a car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday.

The 15-member Security Council called the bomb, which injured two French guards and a girl, a "heinous act". The council and Ban said the Libyan government must act to bring the perpetrators to justice.

A Security Council statement "condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the embassy of France in Tripoli". Council members "expressed their deep sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous act".

"The secretary general condemns, in the strongest terms, the attack on the French embassy in Tripoli," added deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey. "The targeting of diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and never justifiable."

The car bomb outside the embassy highlighted growing insecurity since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

"The secretary general calls on all Libyans to support their government's efforts to establish strong and effective security institutions," del Buey said.



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