On Wednesday the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, was attacked by a group of about 60 people, some armed, who tried to force their way into the compound. A Libyan security source who spoke to media blamed the attack on the killing of a Libyan by a Russian woman.
But it could also be possible sense that extremists in the nation are angry at Russia for thwarting U.S. military action to aid their Islamic extremist brothers in arms in Syria.
“In Tripoli … a shooting occurred and there was an attempt to enter the territory of the Russian embassy in Libya,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, speaking on Russian state television.
“According to the most preliminary information there were no injuries among members of the Russian diplomatic mission,” he added.
Russia Today reports:
The ITAR-TASS news agency’s witnesses said attackers tore down a Russian flag. The situation was soon brought under control and there are currently no intruders on Russia’s embassy territory.
According to reports, around 10 attackers drove to the embassy in two cars. Libyan News Agency (LANA) reports that they first opened fire on a parked diplomatic vehicle.
As Libya continues to be mired in post-Western intervention disarray, Gaddafi’s overthrow has not shown to have yielded a conciliatory political climate as many had hoped.
“Ever since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government we’ve seen in Libya the mob rule of countless militias or death squads,” activist and journalist Sukant Chandan told RT.
In September 2012 U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed as armed militants assaulted Washington’s consulate in Benghazi. U.S. citizens and the families of the fallen have yet to get the full story of the events leading up to and during the attack.