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Ban strongly condemns Tripoli car bomb

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U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon condemned a car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday and called on the Libyan people to back stronger security in the country, a spokesman said.

“The secretary general condemns, in the strongest terms, the attack on the French embassy in Tripoli,” said deputy U.N. spokesman Eduardo del Buey. “The targeting of diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and never justifiable.”

The car bomb outside the embassy wounded two French guards and highlighted growing insecurity since the fall of ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

“The secretary general is confident that the Libyan authorities will take every action to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice and that adequate protection for diplomatic premises is provided,” added the spokesman.

“The secretary general calls on all Libyans to support their government’s efforts to establish strong and effective security institutions,” del Buey said.