TRIPOLI, Libya – Attackers set off a bomb next to a wall of the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Wednesday, the State Department said, causing no casualties.
The blast underlined the unstable security situation in Libya, more than seven months after the death of deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
It came two weeks before the country is scheduled to hold its first post-Qaddafi national elections.
In a brief comment, the State Department said that there were no injuries or claim of responsibility. It said the bomb “exploded at a perimeter wall.”
Libya’s news agency, LANA, quoted a security official as saying the bomb was probably locally made.
Violence and disorder has plagued Libya since Qaddafi was captured and killed last October after an eight-month civil war.