Russian Embassy in Libya attacked, staff not hurt

June 25th, 2015 3:35 am

First Posted: 10/2/2013


Russia's Foreign Ministry says the Russian Embassy in Libya has been attacked by unidentified gunmen but none of its staff has been wounded.

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Ekho Moskvy radio the attackers fired at the embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and tried to break into its grounds.

She said that according to preliminary information no one among the embassy personnel was wounded.

An attack last year killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya last year.

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Libyan security officials say gunmen have shot dead a naval officer and his 7-year-old son in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The officials said the gunmen fired Wednesday on the vehicle of Col. Saleh el-Hudeiry of the coast guards, killing him on the spot. The son was wounded and later died.

Libya has been hit by a months-long wave of targeted killings against activists, judges and security agents. On Tuesday, an air force pilot was shot dead in the capital Tripoli.

Most killings are presumed to be the work of armed factions, but authorities later apprehended a Russian woman whom they said had killed the pilot and written offensive graffiti in his blood. Her alleged motives were not clear.

Officials spoke anonymously because they weren't authorized to brief the media.

Associated Press