Police car attacked in Libya's Benghazi, one wounded

By REUTERS
January 15, 2013 02:11

 
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BENGHAZI, Libya - At least one police officer was wounded when attackers threw a hand grenade at a patrol car in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday in the latest in a series of assaults on security officials, the force said.

The city was the seat of the uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi more than a year ago, and the government has struggled to control rival armed factions there ever since.The police car was parking near a crossroads close to the center of Libya's second biggest city when it came under attack from a passing car, a police source said.



"A hand grenade was thrown from that car close to the police car and at least one person was injured," the source said.

Italian officials said on Monday they were temporarily withdrawing foreign staff from their consulate in the city as they assessed the security situation after a gun attack on their consul.

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