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Twin explosions in Tripoli, two dead

The blast near the interior ministry was a car bomb but there were no casualties, the security officer said.     — File Photo by Reuters

TRIPOLI: Two explosions struck the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, one near the Interior Ministry and the second near a women’s police academy, a Libyan security officer told a Reuters photographer.

Twin blasts near security force buildings in the Libyan capital early on Sunday killed two people and wounded several more, a security official said.

“Two explosions struck at dawn, the first near the military academy on Omar al-Mokhtar Avenue, the second near the interior ministry,” the security official said.

“There were two dead and several wounded,” he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The blast near the interior ministry was a car bomb but there were no casualties, the security officer said.

If the information is confirmed by Libyan officials, it would be the first time there have been deaths from blasts in Libya since the overthrow of Muammer Qadhafi in 2011.

Violence has still been a problem despite Libya’s peaceful power handover after its elections in July, the first in decades following the end of 42 years of one-man rule under Qadhafi.


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