Bomb explodes outside Tunisian consulate in Tripoli

A bomb exploded outside the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli on Tuesday, causing damage but no injuries, a Libyan security official said, the latest in a rash of attacks on foreign targets in the North African state.

Resentment of Tunisia among remaining supporters of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may have been stirred by Tunisia's extradition of his ex-prime minister on Sunday - making him the first senior official from the old regime to be returned for trial under Libya's transitional leadership.

Gunmen stormed Tunisia's consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on June 18 to protest against an art exhibition in neighboring Tunisia which they said insulted Islam.

Earlier this month in Benghazi a convoy carrying the British ambassador was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade, injuring two of his bodyguards. Just before that, a bomb went off outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, injuring no one.

Just a week ago, tribal clashes in western Libya left 105 people dead and some 500 injured.

(Source: Reuters)

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