UK mission in Libyan city of Benghazi comes under attack
Posted by seumasach on June 11, 2012
11th June, 2012
A rocket-propelled grenade hit a British diplomatic convoy in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, wounding two security guards, officials said.
“A convoy carrying Dominic Asquith, the British Ambassador to Libya, was involved in a serious incident in Benghazi this afternoon,” an embassy spokeswoman told AFP.
“Two close protection officers were injured in the attack but all other staff are safe and uninjured. We are working with the Libyan authorities to establish who was responsible for the attack”, the spokeswoman added.
The two officers were both British citizens.
Libyan security officials had said earlier that one person, a British guard, had been wounded, when the vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Deputy Interior Minister Unis Sharif said the vehicle hit was carrying security personnel in a convoy for the head of the British diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
“The rocket hit the security vehicle and one member of the security team was critically injured,” he said, adding the blast came as the convoy crossed the neighbourhood of Al-Kish.
The British Foreign Office also confirmed the attack in a statement that said it was “working with the Libyan authorities to establish who was responsible.”
The attack comes five days after a small bomb was set off outside the US diplomatic mission in the same city, wounding one guard, according to Libyan authorities.
Several such incidents have occurred in Benghazi, the birthplace of Libya’s revolution that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, in recent months.