Friday 28 April 2017

Italian embassy staff all safe after Tripoli car bombing

Security officers gather at the site of a car bombing near the Italian embassy in Tripoli (AP/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)
Security officers gather at the site of a car bombing near the Italian embassy in Tripoli (AP/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

Staff at the Italian embassy in Tripoli are all safe after a car bombing in the Libyan capital, Italy's foreign ministry has said.

It said the explosion was "in the vicinity of the Italian and Egyptian embassies" in Tripoli.

The ministry said late on Saturday that a vehicle "full of explosives" blew up earlier in the evening and "it seems" there were two victims, who presumably were the two people in the car.

Italy said that Libyan authorities have stepped up security near the Italian embassy, which was recently re-opened.

Rome has played a leading role in trying to encourage a unity government in Libya.

The North African country has been troubled by fighting and other violence involving rival militias after the demise of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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