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Updated: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:09:35 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Blast reported near Canadian Embassy in Tripoli

Blast reported near Canadian Embassy in Tripoli

A loud explosion was reported in the Libyan capital of Tripoli near to a building that houses the Canadian Embassy, but an official says the office is closed and all staff are safe.

The Canadian official, speaking on background, said a statement would be released shortly.

The explosion occurred in the car park of a residential compound next to Tripoli Towers, where both the British and Canadian embassies are located, according to a Reuters report citing an unnamed witness.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, but a source working in the building said it could have been a car bomb.

More to come

With files from Reuters

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