By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 2 February 2015:
A car bomb is said to have exploded outside a building being used by the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ . . .[restrict]Brigade in Hadba Al-Sharqia (Eastern Hadba), on the southern side of the city. According to reports, one guard was killed and two others injured. The building was previously the headquarters of the Central Security Organisation and before that, during the former regime, an institute for the study of Qaddafi’s political thought.
Details of what happened are sketchy and pictures appearing on various social media sites of the explosion are in fact of an attack on the Egyptian embassy last November.
There is no indication yet as to who was responsible. Islamic State* (IS) supporters have claimed to have carried out the attack, saying that the brigade was involved in ending last week’s deadly assault on the Corinthia Hotel.
However, this cannot be verified. IS has claimed responsibility for almost every recent attack in Tripoli, including the Corinthia raid.
It is possible that the attack has nothing to do with IS or militants. Eastern Hadba is a poor district and said to be home to a number of gangs who do not like any authorities, regardless of their legal status.
A car bomb allegedly exploded last week in the west Tripoli’s upmarket Hay Al-Andalus.
* The Islamic State is regularly referred to as ISIS (which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or Daesh (the Arabic for ISIS – Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi l-Iraq wa Al-Sham, ????????????????????????????? ). Since Libya is not in Iraq or Syria, we shall henceforth refer to it purely as IS. [/restrict]