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Benghazi Hit by Blast on One Year Anniversary of Attack on U.S. Consulate

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A car bomb exploded outside Benghazi, Libya’s Foreign Ministry building on Wednesday, reports CNN. The explosion took place exactly on the one year anniversary of an assault on the U.S. Consulate there that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

There were no casualties reported from the blast, but explosion was powerful enough to blow away large parts of the building’s façade, Col. Abdullah Al Zaydi, spokesman for the Joint Security Task Force in Benghazi, according to Libya’s state news agency.

Al Zaydi said the explosion destroyed the vehicle used for the bombing.

A branch of the Central Park of Libya was damaged and one of its security guards was slightly injured, said bank officials.

Sami Berriwen, a Benghazi resident, told CNN he heard the heard the explosion at about 7 a.m.

Had the explosion happened one hour later, Berriwen said, the street would have been crowded with people. Most Benghazi residents walk the street to get to school and to work.

He said he saw a fire truck but no casualties or ambulances at the scene.

Prior to Wednesday, U.S. Marines were moved closer to Libya in an effort to beef up security before the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States and the first anniversary of the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

250 combat ready Marines moved from their base in Moron, Spain, to the U.S. naval installation at Sigonella, Italy allowing them to reach Tripoli in three to four hours in the event of a crisis, according to CNN.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: CNN

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