French Embassy Bombed in Tripoli
Just over one week after bombers detonated two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the French Embassy in Tripoli has now been bombed.
According to a Reuters report, a car bomb parked outside the French embassy exploded. The blast reportedly injured two French guards. No deaths have been reported.
The last terror attack against a foreign entity in Libya was the September 2012 attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Four people were killed during that assault, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.
Since the ousting of Mummar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil war, Libya has experienced military, economic, and political turmoil. France was the first country to recognize Libya’s National Transitional Council as legitimate and was a major player in the NATO-led military intervention during the civil war. Though no organizations have taken responsibility for the bombing, the French military has recently been conducting operations in Mali against Islamic rebels and terrorist organizations have vowed retaliation for French efforts in the country.
According to the Reuters report, Libya’s government has condemned the bombing as a “terrorist act.” French President Francois Hollande called on the Libyan government to quickly capture those responsible for the bombing.
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