Blast damages Tripoli arms dump

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.

Blast damages Tripoli arms dump

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.

Reuters

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