An explosion damaged an ammunition depot and set off a fire at a military camp on the southern outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, residents and officials said.
A spokesman for Libya's new interim authorities, Jalal el-Gallal, told Reuters the blast near the international airport appeared to have occurred when soldiers were transporting ammunition at a weapons depot in the base.
"We know it's not a bomb or sabotage or anything like that," he said.
He said he had no firm information about casualties but he said they were a probability.
Security specialists say there is a heightened risk of explosions from government arms dumps left poorly guarded, and possibly booby-trapped, in and around the Libyan capital following the ousting of veteran former ruler Muammar Gaddafi three weeks ago.
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