Egypt Consulate damaged in Libya blast

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Protesters in Libya demonstrate in Algeria Square in support of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (posters) on August 16, 2013 in the capital Tripoli.

A bomb has gone off near the Egyptian Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, causing damage to the building, a Libyan security official said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the blast. An Egyptian security guard was injured in the explosion, police said.

“Unknown assailants in a vehicle threw an explosive device at the Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi without causing casualties,” security spokesman Abdallah al-Zayedi said.

The blast caused part of the outer wall of the building to collapse and damaged cars parked outside the mission. At least five cars were also damaged, according to witnesses at the scene.

Police closed off the area and were collecting evidence.

On Friday, Libyan and Egyptian nationals living in Tripoli demonstrated in the capitalâ„¢s Algeria Square in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Meanwhile in Egypt, security forces are cracking down on Muslim Brotherhood supporters following last month’s removal of Morsi.

Egypt Interior Ministry said 1,004 members of the group, were detained on Saturday following nationwide protests by Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters against the Egyptian army and its hand-picked government on Friday.

Egypt has seen unrelenting violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian armed forces, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office.

According to Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 173 people, including 53 security forces, were killed and 1,330 others wounded in clashes across the North African country on Friday.

This came after Egyptian security forces killed almost 640 people during a crackdown on two pro-Morsi camps — one near the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairoâ„¢s Nasr City and a another one at Nahda Square in Giza, on Wednesday.

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Republished from: Press TV