Tuesday morning, breaking news in the UK is that a car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has caused substantial damage. Early reports claim that two guards were injured but there are no other reports of casualties or fatalities. This could change. Updates will follow.
A car bomb is suspected but not confirmed. The blast occurred at about 7am local time.
The embassy is in a middle-class area of the Libyan capital. Apart from the embassy there are residential properties and shops such as BHS and Marks and Spencer. The blast blew out windows in the vicinity of the embassy.
The embassy building has been extensively damaged. A security wall surrounding the property and two parked cars were destroyed in the attack. At time of writing the reasons for the bombing are not known. Suspicion that it was an Islamist motivated terrorist attack, a reprisal for France's involvement in Mali and parts of the Maghreb has been voiced.
This is the first such attack in Libya since the civil war, although there have been others elsewhere, such as Benghazi. All are indications that all is not well in Libya since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.
Sky news later reported:Libyan foreign minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz condemned the attack on the embassy, calling it a "terrorist act". "We strongly condemn this act, which we regard as a terrorist act against a brother nation that supported Libya during the revolution" of 2011 that ousted the regime of Moamer Kadhafi, Abdel Aziz told AFP news agency at the scene of the blast.
In Paris, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius condemned the bombing, calling it an "abhorrent act." In a statement, Mr Fabius said his ministry was "in liaison with the Libyan authorities" and that France will "do everything it can to shed light on the circumstances of this abhorrent act and to quickly identify the perpetrators".