Tripoli - France's embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared
to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in
the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.
"There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a
booby trapped car," a French official said. "There was a lot of
damage and there are two guards wounded."
Diplomatic missions have been targeted in Libya, most
notably an attack on the US mission in the eastern city of Benghazi last
September that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.
However Tuesday's attack is the first such serious assault
on an embassy or foreign mission in the capital, Tripoli.
Libya's new rulers are still struggling to impose their
authority on a country awash with weapons and a myriad of armed militias who
often do as they please.