23 April 2013
Last updated at 05:17 ET
A car bomb exploded outside the French embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday, injuring two guards and causing extensive damage, officials say. The explosion destroyed the embassy's reception area and parts of neighbouring homes, and blew down an external perimeter wall.
It happened shortly after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) in a smart, residential area of Tripoli. Two cars parked in front of the embassy were destroyed.
This resident, Jammal, lives across the street from the embassy. He told the BBC's Rana Jawad that he had just walked back into his house and was in the hallway when the blast happened, suffering a bloodied nose and a small gash to the forehead.
It is thought the blast outside the embassy was caused by a booby-trapped car. French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over the "unacceptable" attack. He said it had targeted all countries "engaged in the fight against terrorism".
The Libyan government called the explosion an "act of terrorism" but said the motive was not immediately clear. Residents living nearby told the BBC that there was a lack of proper policing for such a potentially high-profile target.
Although diplomatic missions in Libya have been targeted in the past, this is the first major attack on a foreign embassy in the country's capital. The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was among four Americans killed when armed men stormed the US consulate in Benghazi in September 2012.