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Libya blames Gaddafi loyalists for car bomb attacks
Debris following a car bombing attack near the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli, Libya . (file photo)
Debris following a car bombing attack near the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli, Libya . (file photo)
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:59PM
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Libyan authorities say car bombing attacks that killed two people in the capital Tripoli were the work of loyalists of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi.


Security forces say they have arrested 32 members of a network loyal to Gaddafi in connection with the attacks.

Authorities accuse Gaddafi supporters who fled to neighboring countries of trying to destabilize their efforts to return the country normalcy.

At least two people were killed when three car bombs exploded near interior ministry and security buildings in the Libyan capital on Sunday.

The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry’s administrative offices in Tripoli but caused no casualties.

Thirty minutes later, two other car bombs exploded near the former headquarters of a women’s police academy, which the defense ministry has been using for interrogations and detentions, killing two and wounding two others.

The blasts were first fatal attacks of their kind since the overthrow of Gaddafi back in 2011.

Libya’s national assembly, which assumed control this month from the National Transitional Council of opposition forces, has made improving security a priority.

However, violence remains a challenge for the government, with several attacks taking place in the country in recent months.

The national assembly now faces major challenges including unifying various militia groups who took part in the revolution and disarming former rebels.

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