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Car bomb hits French Embassy in Libya

A car bomb detonated outside the French embassy in Tripoli, Libya, injuring two French guards. The attack marked the most significant attack on a diplomatic facility in the country since the Benghazi attack.

A car bomb went off outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, a Libyan Foreign Ministry official said.

The official said two guards were hurt, but no one had died.

Television images showed extensive damage to buildings in the area.

"I think there were two blasts, the first was very loud and then there was a smaller one," a  witness told Reuters. "There was some black smoke at first, and then it turned white."

Ismail Zitouny / Reuters

People stand among debris outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, after a car bomb exploded Tuesday.

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a heinous attack and said everything would be done to find the perpetrators, the news service reported.

"I send my solidarity and deepest sympathy to the two injured French guards and my wishes for their recovery," he said in a statement. 

In September, an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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