Hollande says south Libya rebels likely behind embassy attack

South Libya rebels were most likely to have been behind an attack on France's embassy in Tripoli, President Francois Hollande said.

Hollande says south Libya rebels likely behind embassy attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rebels based in southern Libya were most likely to have been behind an attack on France's embassy in Tripoli last month, but there were no plans to intervene in the lawless desert region, President Francois Hollande said on Friday.

France, which led international efforts to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, is concerned that foreign fighters who escaped after Paris' intervention in Mali in January are now regrouping in southern Libya.

Tripoli is struggling to control armed groups which helped topple Gaddafi and now refuse to lay down their weapons. Parliament in December declared the south a military zone but policing its borders remains a huge task for weak state forces.

France's embassy in the capital was targeted on April 23 with a car bomb that wounded two French guards.

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