Blast Near Swedish Consulate in Benghazi

World | October 11, 2013, Friday // 13:35
Bulgaria: Blast Near Swedish Consulate in Benghazi File Photo from Twitter of the attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli in April 2013

A car bomb exploded near the Swedish consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi Friday, but caused no injuries, international agencies reported, citing a security official.

"A powerful explosion in front of the Swedish consulate caused serious damage to it and neighbouring buildings but no casualties," Colonel Abdullah Zaidi said.

No further details were immediately available.

The incident took place one day after Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly "kidnapped" by armed men in the capital Tripoli, prompting speculations that it was a reaction to the US raid to capture alleged al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi in Libya on Oct. 5.

Libya is witnessing increasing violence over the past few months. On Oct. 2, the Russian embassy in Tripoli was attacked by unknown militants, with embassy buildings being fired at and the Russian national flag torn off.

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