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Benghazi Bomb Wounds Four Policemen

Four Libyan policemen were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb exploded in front of their station in the eastern city of Benghazi, security sources said.

"The blast coincided with a traffic police vehicle passing in front of Al-Fwihet station," police officer Adel Jibril told Agence France Presse.

"Two traffic policemen inside the vehicle were seriously wounded," along with two police officers who were posted outside the station, he added.

Jibril said preliminary investigations suggested the blast was caused by a suitcase full of explosives.

"We still do not know if the bomb was placed in front of the station or in the car," he continued.

Another officer, Ezzedin al-Fazzani, said the car was "completely wrecked" by the explosion, which left a large crater in front of the station and partly damaged the building's facade.

Security forces deployed to the scene to secure the perimeter and scan the area for any other explosives, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolt that toppled veteran strongman Moammar Gadhafi, has recently witnessed several explosions and a wave of attacks targeting policemen and military officers.

The new authorities, who are struggling to rebuild the national army and form a professional police, have failed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On September 11, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was the target of an attack -- attributed to Islamic extremists -- that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Source: Agence France Presse


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