Daesh bombs Spanish embassy in Tripoli
The building shows the damage caused by a bomb at the Moroccan embassy on April 13. (Image: AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
An apparent bomb blast has reportedly gone off across from the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli amid the ongoing unrest in the war-ravaged North African country.
No casualties have yet been reported from the late Monday explosion, which comes following a string of attacks by ISIL (Daesh) terrorists against foreign nationals, oilfields and diplomatic posts across the country.
The blast caused damage to the embassy compound and adjacent buildings.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, security sources suspect the ISIL terrorists to be behind the bombing, which came as most countries have shut down their diplomatic missions in the nation and evacuated their diplomats. The group carried out similar attacks on the embassies of South Korea and Morocco in Tripoli a few days ago.
The incident took place just a day after the Daesh released footage purportedly showing the killing of men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. The men are seen kneeling on the ground in front of masked terrorists before being beheaded on a beach at an undisclosed location
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Since the ouster of Gaddafi, heavily armed militias with deep political divisions are in control of the North African state.
The two rival camps vying for control over the resource-rich country, one controlling Tripoli, and the other, Libya’s internationally recognized government ruling the eastern cities of Bayda and Tobruk, have not been able to stabilize the situation despite intervention and aid from international peace brokers, including the UN.
Libya’s government and elected parliament moved to Tobruk after the Fajr Libya seized Tripoli and most government institutions in August 2014 and set up its own government and parliament.