TRIPOLI, April 23 (Xinhua) — A car bomb exploded early Tuesday near the French embassy in the Libyan capital, injuring at least two guards, security sources said.
The explosion occurred around 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) in al-Andlus area, some 10 km from downtown Tripoli, causing panic among residents nearby.
“We are sorry for such an attack and strongly condemn it,” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdulaziz said on the blast site. “The authorities will work hard in investigation in order to hunt down the criminals.”
The explosion caused huge damage to the French embassy compound as well as surrounding buildings.
Abdul Salam Ashour, an investigation official at the interior ministry, told Xinhua that the attackers were likely to have thoroughly studied the site and made careful planning before carrying out the assault.
He added the attack may have been conducted by the former regime’s supporters, who resent France’ support for the revolt that toppled long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011