Although the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying there were no injuries among its workers at the embassy in Libya, Epoch Times is reporting that four Libyans were shot by gunman there. That report came from a Tripoli resident’s Twitter account. The person also reported that a group of young people also burned down a Russian diplomatic structure in the Dahra district. However, the damage was said to be “outside the premises” with “no real damage” to the structure.
Attack in retaliation?
The site speculates that the attack on the Russian assembly may have been done in retaliation. There were allegations that a Russian woman assassinated an officer in the Libyan army on Monday. The report claimed that the suspect wrote “death to rats” at the scene in the officer’s blood.
The attacks on the Russian embassy in Libya have been confirmed by the ITAR-TASS news agency. It reports that a group of unidentified men wielding guns attacked the embassy in Tripoli. Scattered reports from Twitter suggest the embassy had been evacuated before the gunmen attacked. Photos from Twitter show a burning car, while a photo posted on Facebook showed smoke over the area where the Russian embassy is located in Libya.
From scene at the Russian diplomatic building after rumors of a Russian Assasin killed a Libyan pic.twitter.com/OjMPn03fVS
— Rida (@libyanproud) October 2, 2013
Al Arabiya is reporting that the Russian embassy in Tripoli has just been attacked. A correspondent for the news outlet reported that gunfire and explosions from rocket-propelled grenades were heard in the area around the embassy.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry offers a statement
RT reports that the Russia’s Foreign Ministry provided a statement saying that there was an attempted raid on the nation’s diplomatic compound in Libya. The agency also reported shelling around the Russian embassy there. At this point the Foreign Ministry says there are no reports of injuries among embassy staffers.
This story is developing. We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.