No Casualties in Benghazi Blast, Sweden FM Confirms

World | October 11, 2013, Friday // 15:02|  views

A file photo shows people gathering in the street after a bomb, planted by unknown attackers, exploded outside the north courthouse in Benghazi, Libya, 28 July 2013. Photo by EPA/BGNES

No staff had been injured when a car bomb exploded near the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Friday, the Nordic country's foreign ministry has confirmed.

"The facade and windows were damaged but no staff was injured. The consulate is closed on Fridays," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ursula Ahlen said.

"We have received no other information that any other Swedes would be injured."

The bomb exploded a day after Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly "kidnapped" by armed men in the capital Tripoli, prompting speculations that it was a reaction to the US raid to capture alleged al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi in Libya on October 5.

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