Damage from an explosion in Benghazi, Libya on July 28, 2013. The country has been plunged into chaos since the overthrow and assassination of Gaddafi., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Libya rebel forces defuse 12 bombs in Tripoli: Interior Ministry
Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:52PM GMT
Libya’s U.S.-backed rebel Interior Ministry says security forces have defused 12 bombs planted in a vehicle outside a hotel in the capital Tripoli.
According to a statement released by the rebel Interior Ministry spokesman Rami Kaal on Tuesday, the bombs were found Monday night in the car parked outside the Radisson-Blu Hotel in central Tripoli.
“The explosives, which had been set to be activated from a distance, were defused,” the statement added.
In recent months, armed men have launched several attacks on buildings including foreign embassies in Tripoli.
On July 25, unidentified assailants carried out an attack against the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the Libyan capital.
The attackers reportedly fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the UAE compound, which houses both the embassy and the ambassador’s residence.
Following the attack, Libyan Interior Ministry said in a statement that there were no injuries in the attack in western Tripoli’s Siahia neighborhood and that “an investigation is under way.”
On July 13, a rocket hit a residential building near the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli.
In April, two French guards have been injured in a car bomb attack targeting France’s embassy in Tripoli.
Meanwhile, Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, has seen a wave of violence in recent months. Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 imperialist-engineered war which toppled the revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi. The city has been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations since then.
Over the past months, eastern Libya has been hit by bombings and assassinations targeting judges as well as military and police officers who worked under martyred revolutionary leader.
In February 2011, Libyan rebels backed by the Pentagon, the CIA and NATO rose up against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 of the same year.