At least two people were killed when three car bombs exploded near interior ministry and security buildings in the Libyan capital on Sunday, the first lethal attack of its kind since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall last year, security sources said.
The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry’s administrative offices in Tripoli but caused no casualties, the sources said. On arriving at the site, police found another car bomb that had not blown up.
Minutes later, two car bombs exploded near the former headquarters of a women’s police academy, which the defence ministry has been using for interrogations and detentions, the sources said, killing two civilians and wounding three.
The blasts, which caused minor damage to the two buildings and shattered windows of nearby cars and buildings, took place early in the day as worshippers prepared for mass morning prayers marking Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration that marks the end of the fasting month Ramadan.
“The (victims) were two young men in their 20s. They drove past the police academy precisely at the time of the explosion,” a security source said.
Security sources said they had no immediate clues to who had planted the bombs and had received no claims of responsibility.