April 23, 2013

Libya: French Embassy In Tripoli Hit By VBIED
Update: Video Of Aftermath

One resident stated: "It was a big mistake to site the French embassy in our neighbourhood"

A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents.

The blast in Tripoli destroyed the embassy's ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops.

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French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over this "unacceptable" attack.

It is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the Libyan capital.

Tuesday's explosion happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart residential area of Tripoli.

One of the embassy's guards was severely injured while the other suffered lighter injuries. Several residents were also slightly hurt.

One young girl suffered a spinal cord injury and was being transferred to neighbouring Tunisia for treatment, her father told the BBC[...]

Many neighbours who gathered in the street to survey the damage were shaken and upset by what had happened, our correspondent says.

They told her that there was a lack of proper policing for such a potentially high-profile target

"It was a big mistake to site the French embassy in our neighbourhood," a local resident said.

I'm sure the jihadi will be caught like those responsible for the Benghazi terror attack were, oh wait...

Update: Here is another image taken shortly after

Update II:

By Stable Hand at 10:37 AM | Comments |