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Explosives hit Algerian embassy in Libya

Explosives hit Algerian embassy in Libya/AFP

Explosives hit Algerian embassy in Libya/AFP

TRIPOLI, Jan 17- Assailants lobbed a bag packed with explosives at the Algerian embassy in the Libyan capital on Saturday, injuring three people, a security official said.

The official, who works for a unit tasked with protecting embassies, said the attack in central Tripoli seriously wounded a guard and two passers by and damaged the building and parked cars.

The assailants threw “a bag full of explosives from a passing car at a police car parked near a guard post”, he said.

The Algerian embassy, like most foreign missions in the Libyan capital, was closed last year as militias battled for control of the city.

The Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) coalition of Islamist-backed militias seized control of Tripoli in August after fierce clashes with nationalist forces.

Saturday’s attack comes a day after Fajr Libya announced a ceasefire in the oil-rich North African country, hours after an agreement at UN-brokered peace talks between the warring factions in Geneva.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 uprising, with rival governments and powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the country’s oil riches.

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