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Explosion In Benghazi On Anniversary Of 9/11 Attack On U.S. Consulate

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An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Security officials in Libya say an explosion caused serious damage to Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in Benghazi early Wednesday morning.

According to CBS News, several passers-by were slightly injured by the blast, but no deaths have been reported.

The blast also damaged the building next door which houses the Benghazi branch of the Libyan Central Bank.

Last year, al Qaeda-linked militants stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Wednesday’s bombing and last year’s attack on the consulate took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

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