U.S. falters in capturing Benghazi suspects December 6, 2013
Iran war game simulates capture of Jerusalem November 21, 2015
CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz October 11, 2015
Suicide bombings kill 97 at peace rally in Turkey October 10, 2015
Russian missiles aimed at Syria apparently fell in Iran October 8, 2015
Russian warplanes unlikely to turn tide in Syrian war October 4, 2015
U.S. F-16 fighter jets fly first mission from Turkey August 12, 2015
Al-Qaida captures leader of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels July 31, 2015
Libyan officials said they believed the break-in was in response to the death of a Libyan air force pilot, who they said was killed by a Russian woman.
Wednesday's violence briefly raised fears of a repeat of last year's deadly attack on a U.S. compound in the eastern city of Benghazi, in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. In that instance, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack, militants fired mortars at the consulate, surrounded it and set it on fire.
The Libyan official said Wednesday's attackers took down the Russian flag that was hanging from the balcony of one of the buildings. But they did not enter the embassy buildings, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Russia's Foreign Ministry Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Ekho Moskvy radio that according to preliminary information no one among the embassy personnel was wounded.
The attackers were apparently reacting to the killing of a Libyan air force pilot Tuesday. Libyan authorities arrested a Russian woman and accused her of killing him and writing offensive graffiti in his blood. The woman also is accused of stabbing and wounding the pilot's mother.
Authorities said they did not know what the woman's motives might be, but noted that in the graffiti on the walls, she expressed sentiments against the Libyan uprising that drove longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi from power after an eight-month civil war in 2011.
Libya has been hit by a months-long wave of targeted killings against activists, judges and security agents.
On Wednesday, gunmen in Benghazi shot dead a naval officer and his 7-year-old son before fleeing the scene. Most killings are presumed to be the work of armed factions, often acting out of revenge.
More Nation & World Headlines
Protesters to target Chicago shopping on Black Friday Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving President Obama pardons a pair of turkeys Signed editions of Harper Lee novel offered for $1,500 U.S. suspends personnel over botched Afghan attack Russia sends air-defense missiles to Turkey Casey Kasemís widow sued for wrongful death Can a five-hour Alaskan train ride be compelling Thanksgiving viewing?
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.