Blast hits Benghazi on anniversary of consulate attack

Blast hits Benghazi on anniversary of consulate attack

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A car bomb was detonated in Benghazi, Libya, early Wednesday morning, one year to the day after Al Qaeda-linked militants stormed the U.S. Consulate in that city, killing U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans. 

Security officials told the Associated Press that the explosion caused serious damage to Libya's Foreign Ministry building, as well as the building next door housing the Benghazi branch of the Libyan Central Bank.

"The car had a large amount of explosives and was placed just next to the building,'' Abdullah Zaidi, a local security official, told Reuters.

The officials told the Associated Press that several passers-by were slightly injured by the blast, which blew out windows in nearby buildings. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Both Wednesday's bombing and last year's attack on the American consulate took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. 

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