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Gunmen ‘attack’ S. Korea embassy in Libya, guard killed

The group opened fire at the embassy compound from a passing vehicle, Yonhap news agency quoted a Seoul foreign ministry official as saying

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Islamist militants attacked South Korea’s embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday and at least one security guard was killed, a report said.

The group opened fire at the embassy compound from a passing vehicle, Yonhap news agency quoted a Seoul foreign ministry official as saying.

“There are no casualties of South Korean nationals,” the official said. The ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

The news come a day after ten people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in fighting between army forces and Islamist groups, medics said on Saturday.

A tank battalion and armed youths fought with forces belonging to the Majlis al-Shura, a collection of armed groups including Islamist militants, in a southern district for much of Friday, army officials said.

As well as the 10 soldiers killed, some 55 were wounded, medics said on Saturday, when much of the city was quiet after gunfire had been heard in several districts the day before.

The fighting mirrors the wider struggle in the oil-producing North African state where two governments and parliaments, allied to rival armed groups, are vying for control almost four years after the ousting of Muammar Qaddafi.