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Libya: Bomb explodes at Moroccan embassy in Tripoli-IS claims responsibility


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(By Estera Popowska)
In less than 48 hours after gunmen attacked South Korea's mission in Tripoli, a bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official told Reuters.

A security official and Reuters reporter at the scene said the bomb damaged the gate and a residential building next to the Moroccan embassy located in the up market Ben Ashour district. Nobody was hurt by the blast early on Monday, the official said.

The attackers claiming loyalty to Islamic State said on twitter they were responsible for both attacks, the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in Libya. Reuters however says it was not possible to verify the authenticity of the claims.

Meanwhile, Islamic State militants have exploited chaos in the North African country where two governments allied to a host of armed groups fight for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

On Sunday, gunmen fired shots at the South Korean embassy in Tripoli killing two local security guards and wounding a third person, South Korean and Libyan officials said.
A South Korean foreign ministry official in Seoul said there were no Korean casualties, adding that the embassy was staffed by two foreign service officials and one administrative staff member. He said the government was considering relocating, but did not elaborate (Source: Reuters)