April 23 - The French embassy in Tripoli was targeted by an apparent car bombing that injured two guards. Jessica Gray reports.
The aftermath of a blast targeting the French Embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The Tuesday morning assault that injured two French guards appears to be the work of a car bomb. It is the first attack on a diplomatic mission in the city, which is considered safer than any other following the 2011 war that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. Residents near the incident say they heard two blasts detonate around 7am local time. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. But al Qaeda's North African arm has repeatedly threatened to retaliate for French intervention in Mali. Libya is no stranger to embassy assaults. Last year, the American ambassador was killed in the eastern city of Benghazi following an attack on the consulate in September. French officials, including President Francois Hollande have condemned the bombing.