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Libya lit up, as car bomb explodes by Swedish Consulate

- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2013

A car bomb exploded Friday right outside the Swedish Consulate in Benghazi, leaving the building in shambles, government authorities said.

Nobody was injured in the incident, The Associated Press reported.

A spokesman with the Libyan government said the bomb was detonated by remote control. Ursula Ahlen with the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm confirmed the explosion occurred, but did not release further details. She did say, however, that nobody was in the building at the time of the blast because the facility was closed for the day: Friday is considered a weekend day in Libya, AP reported.

Benghazi has been the target of choice for numerous terrorist attacks in recent months. The United States, meanwhile, is still in cautious mode, warning overseas Americans to watch out for possible retaliatory attacks, after a U.S. special operations raid in Libya led to the capture of a key al Qaeda suspect.

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