Two French men and several Libyan residents were wounded when a car bomb exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday morning.
Libyan militia commander Jomaa Mechri told Tunisia Live that the two guards were taken to the hospital, with one of them currently in serious condition after suffering from a concussion and other fractures.
Buildings surrounding the embassy were also damaged, with some residents wounded, but no fatalities reported.
Suspects have not yet been identified. Mechri described the circumstances of the explosion as “strange” and stated that a team of experts is trying to uncover more details about the operation.
“Libyans who support the revolution would never do something like this, despite the current political divisions,” he added. “It could be someone targeting France because of Mali.”
French President François Hollande and Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius condemned the attack. Hollande asked Fabius to send an envoy to Tripoli to address the incident.
AFP reported that Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz condemned the bombing as well, describing it as a “terrorist act.”
A representative of the French Embassy in Tunis told Tunisia Live that the embassy will be on alert.
Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in September 2012 when the American consulate in Benghazi was attacked by armed protesters reacting to the release of a movie critical of Islam.