Bomb destroys police station in Benghazi
02 May 2013, 14:33
Tripoli - A bomb destroyed a police station in the eastern
Libyan city of Benghazi early on Thursday but caused no casualties, a security
source told AFP, in a second attack targeting the building.
"An explosive device was thrown at Al-Baraka police
station in Benghazi, destroying what remained of the building after the bomb
attack that targeted it last weekend," the source said.
"The explosion caused no casualties," he added.
An AFP journalist at the scene confirmed that the blast
destroyed the building at around 07:00.
A wave of assassinations and bombings has swept Benghazi,
the cradle of the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, in recent months.
Thursday's attack came after several weeks of relative calm in
the city, where the authorities have struggled to re-establish security.
Attacks in Benghazi have generally been attributed to
radical Islamists, most notably last year's September 11 assault on the US
consulate that killed four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens.
In the capital Tripoli, gunmen have been surrounding the
foreign ministry since Sunday, calling for the sacking from government posts of
former officials from the ousted Kadhafi regime.
On Tuesday, the groups extended their blockade to the
justice ministry and gunmen briefly occupied the finance ministry on Monday.
Angry policemen also invaded the interior ministry on Sunday
and Monday, demanding higher pay and promotions.
Former rebels guarding the headquarters of Libya's national
television station on Sunday briefly blockaded the building, although
broadcasts were uninterrupted.
The rise in violence came after a car bombing on April 23
outside the French embassy in Tripoli wounded two French security guards and
caused serious damage.