UAE compound attacked in Tripoli

There has been a spate of bombings in Libya over the past few months.

Lawlessness has crippled areas across Libya since the 2011 war that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.Picture:AFP

TRIPOLI - Unidentified assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign targets in the North African country.

Security sources said the attackers drove up to the compound which houses both the embassy and ambassador's residence in Western Tripoli before fleeing immediately.

Residents in the area said it was the ambassador's residence which was hit in the early morning assault.

He was believed to be out of the country and no injuries were reported.

"I heard a loud explosion so I went outside. I then saw a hole in the building," resident Khaled al-Zintani said.

Interior Ministry Spokesman Rami Kaal has said there were no injuries in the attack.

"An investigation is under way."

There has been a spate of bombings in recent months in Libya.

On Tuesday, a rocket struck a residential building in Tripoli close to a major hotel, the Corinthia, used frequently by foreign businessmen and government officials, as well as Tripoli Towers, a building housing several embassies.

Interior Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh said the rocket may have been aimed at the Corinthia.

A security source said the rocket was launched from a car which burst into flames in the car park of a residential compound near the hotel and Tripoli Towers.

In April, the French embassy in Tripoli was bombed while in the volatile eastern city of Benghazi, four Americans, including the ambassador , were killed on 11 September last year.

Armed violence and lawlessness caused in part by militia groups who often do as they please has crippled governance in wide areas of the oil-producing North African state following the 2011 war that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.