- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Two guards were injured in a Tuesday car bombing of the French Embassy located in Tripoli, Libya.

French authorities called the assault “odious,” The New York Times reported.

Reuters said nearby residents reported hearing two explosions in the early morning hours.

“We think it was a booby-trapped car,” one French Embassy official told Reuters. “There was a lot of damage, and there are two guards wounded.”

France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, condemned the attack from Paris, vowing to investigate and uncover the reasons and responsible parties. The attack came a day after France voted to extend its military deployment in Mali, to help with Islamic insurgencies. But no party has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Libya has been a hotbed of terrorism of late — most notably, on Sept. 11, 2012, in eastern Benghazi, when terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. And last month, Libyan authorities reported the arrest of two in the kidnapping of five British human rights workers, The Times reported.

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