Libya: Benghazi police station bombed


A vehicle and buildings burn after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.



A police station in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi was bombed Saturday causing extensive damage to the building but no injuries.

"Around six o'clock this morning, an explosive device placed under one of the windows of the building exploded, causing severe damage," said station commander Colonel Matar Mohammer.

The attack came a day after militants killed a pro-government militiaman in an area further east, and less than a week after a car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, where three were wounded and the building was partially set on fire.

The car bombing was the worst violence on a diplomatic mission in Libya since last year's killing of the US ambassador.

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Gunmen attacked a different police station in Benghazi last week freeing a number of detainees.

No group has claimed responsibility for Saturday's bombing. It was the second time the Barka police station was attacked this year.

Benghazi has seen many assassinations recently, with some 40 security and military officials killed by unknown attackers. Western countries have told their nationals to evacuate after January's hostage crisis in Algeria, which left 37 hostages and 29 militants dead.

Infighting among militias also appears to be on the rise.