Bomb explodes at Spanish embassy in Libyan capital

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TRIPOLI  – A bomb exploded in front of Spanish embassy in Libyan capital on Monday, residents said, latest in a string of attacks on foreign missions in African country.

“We heard a loud explosion,” said a Tripoli living next embassy.

’s El Mundo newspaper said nobody had been hurt as , like most Western and Arab countries, had pulled out its diplomats in summer during weeks of heavy fighting between rival armed groups in Tripoli.

Pictures posted on social media showed some damage at the building’s wall. There was no immediate claim for the attack or comments Tripoli officials.

loyal Islamic State have claimed a string of killings of foreigners as well as attacks on embassies and oilfields in Libya.

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Islamic State have exploited chaos in African country where two allied a host of armed groups are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

On Sunday, the group claimed the killing of around 30 Ethiopan Christians, two months after the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts on a Libyan beach.

Libya’s internationally recognized government has been based in the east since a rival faction called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August, setting up a rival administration.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; additional reporting by Julian Toyer in Madrid; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler)