TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An armed mob broke into the Russian Embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli yesterday after a Russian woman was accused of killing a Libyan air force pilot, and one of the attackers was killed by random gunfire, Libyan officials said. The Russian Foreign Ministry said none of the embassy staff was wounded.
The Libyan official said the attackers climbed the walls of the embassy compound from three different directions, firing in the air, and broke down its metal gate. The shooting wounded five, one of whom later died.
An attack last year on a US compound in the eastern city of Benghazi killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.
The official said the attackers also brought down the Russian flag hanging in the balcony of one of the buildings. But the attackers didn't enter the embassy buildings, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media.