Car bombs go off near Egypt, UAE missions in Tripoli

The two blasts, only one hour apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no injuries reported

Car bombs go off near Egypt, UAE missions in Tripoli

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two booby-trapped cars went off separately in the vicinities of the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassies in the Libyan capital Tripoli in the first hours of Thursday, but left no casualties, eyewitnesses said.

According to the witnesses, the two blasts, only one hour apart, left only material damage to the buildings of the embassies with no injuries reported.

The two embassies, located in two different areas, had been already shut down since August when fierce clashes took place in the city between Islamist and rival militias.

The bombings came one day after two suicide bombings rocked the eastern Libyan cities of Tobruk and Al-Bayda', leaving eight people dead and 26 wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for either bombing. But recently, militias based in Tripoli have accused Egypt and UAE of being behind a series of unclaimed airstrikes against their camps in Tripoli, a claim denied by both Cairo and Abu Dhabi.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 ouster and death of long-ruling strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Ever since, rival militias have locked horns, bringing violence to the country's main cities, especially Tripoli and Benghazi. The central government, meanwhile, has appeared largely absent from the scene.

The sharp political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in Tobruk; and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two parliaments support the two rival governments, which are respectively headquartered in the two cities.

Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2014, 16:29
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