Blast wrecks govt office in Benghazi
11 September 2013, 12:07
Benghazi - A powerful blast caused serious damage to a
foreign ministry building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Wednesday,
The explosion comes on the first anniversary of an attack by
militants on the United States consulate in Benghazi, which killed four
Americans, including the ambassador.
It was not immediately known if the blast, which the
witnesses said appeared to have been caused by a car bomb, had resulted in
An AFP photographer said a large section of the foreign
ministry building had been destroyed and parts of the nearby local headquarters
of the central bank seriously damaged.
Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolt that toppled and killed
dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has been hit by a wave of deadly attacks in recent
months targeting security force officers and members of the judiciary, many of
whom served the previous regime.
Attacks have also targeted diplomats and western interests.
Much of the violence, including the killing of the US
ambassador last year, has been attributed to radical Islamists who are deeply
rooted in the region.