June 7, 2012
One person has been wounded in a bomb attack at the US consulate premises in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
“There was an attack late last night on the United States office in Benghazi,” AFP quoted a US diplomat as saying on Wednesday.
The official added that the improvised explosive device detonated outside the gate of the consulate, but no one was injured. However, Libyan authorities said a guard was wounded.
“The US deplores the attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” the diplomat stated.
He also said that the US requested Libyan authorities to enhance security around US facilities in the North African country.
A senior interior ministry official said the attacker’s car was identified.
Benghazi is the birthplace of the Libyan uprising, which ousted former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in August 2011.
NATO launched a military campaign against Libya on March 19, 2011 after the UN Security Council approved a resolution on March 17, authorizing force by whatever means necessary, with the exception of a ground invasion, to “protect civilians.”
From March 19, 2011 to October 31, 2011, NATO warplanes carried out roughly 26,000 sorties, including over 9,600 strike missions, which destroyed more than 1,000 tanks, vehicles, and heavy guns.