TRIPOLI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- There was a blast near the Swedish consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday morning, resulting in property damage, a security source told Xinhua.
Initial information indicated that there were no casualties, only some damage to the buildings, according to the source.
The incident took place one day after Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly "kidnapped" by armed men in the capital Tripoli, prompting speculations that it was a reaction to the U.S. raid to capture alleged al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi in Libya on Oct. 5.
Libya is witnessing increasing violence over the past few months. On Oct. 2, the Russian embassy in Tripoli was attacked by unknown militants, with embassy buildings being fired at and the Russian national flag torn off.
Earlier this month, Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Abdelaziz pledged to take more measures and protect diplomatic missions in Libya.
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