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Libya: Car bombs, explosives discovered and defused

Libyan security forces and residents gather in a street housing the Algerian, Greek and Saudi embassies, where a bomb exploded lightly damaging a car on May 18, 2013 in Tripoli, Libya.(AFP)

Libyan security services defused several car bombs and other explosives that were found in the past two days, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Sunday.

Zeidan did not specify where the discoveries were made but said his government and security services were determined to “thwart any attempt to destabilize the country”.

“The car bombs and explosives were discovered in the past two days and were neutralized by the police and army,” Zeidan told a news conference.

On Tuesday three people were killed and 14 wounded in a car blast in the eastern city of Benghazi which authorities initially said was a bomb explosion but later described as an “accident.”

On April 23 a car bomb targeted the French embassy in Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several Libyans and causing extensive damage.

In the wake of political and security tensions, London and Washington last week decided to evacuate some staff from their embassies in Tripoli, a move followed by other Western governments.


 

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Last Update: Sunday, 19 May 2013 KSA 22:17 - GMT 19:17
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