In the wee hours of Monday morning, a bomb exploded outside the gates of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed itself responsible for the attack on the South Korean and Moroccan embassies.
Several nearby cars were reportedly damaged, but there were no reports of a causality.
“A bomb inside a bag went off near the gate of the Moroccan embassy in Bin Ashour area,” a security official was quoted as saying.
The intensity of the bomb was high, as it damaged the gate and one residential building next to the Moroccan embassy building.
Earlier on Sunday, a South Korean embassy was fired at by gunmen. In the incident, two local security guards were killed on the spot and another was seriously wounded. However, three South Koreans working in the compound escaped unhurt, Reuters reported.
The IS on the micro-blogging site Twitter claimed responsibility for the two attacks. The tweets also claim that they are behind the beheading of twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians. They allegedly also hold themselves responsible for the abduction of nine foreign workers on the Al-Ghani oil field in March last year.
IS has become more powerful after Moamer Kadhafi was defeated in 2001. They have opened branches in different regions across Libya.
During Monday’s talks, the U.S. and Europe’s leading powers urged Libya’s two rival governments to finalize on forming a national government.
“Only through compromise can Libya move toward a more secure, stable, and prosperous future,” said a statement by the U.S. Department of State.