3 killed in terror attack on Libyan foreign ministry

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Photo taken on Dec. 25, 2018 shows the site of a terrorist attack outside the Libyan Foreign Ministry's headquarters in Tripoli, Libya. [Photo/Xinhua]

At least three people were killed and 10 others, including a paramedic, injured on Tuesday during a terrorist attack on the Libyan Foreign Ministry's headquarters in Tripoli, the health ministry said.

The attack occurred at 9 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), when a car bomb exploded right behind the ministry's building, a foreign ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Afterward, a group of gunmen entered the building from the front and back entrances and exchanged heavy fire with the security forces, he added.

There was also a big explosion in the main building, triggering a fire which is yet to be extinguished, the source revealed.

The Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and called on the international community to support Libya against terrorism.

In September, Islamic state (IS) militants attacked the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation in the center of the capital Tripoli, killing two and injuring several others. 

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