Gunmen Attack Russian Embassy in Tripoli

No injuries as attackers attempt to storm Russian compound.

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The Russian embassy in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli was attacked Wednesday afternoon, according to officials, following a string of assaults on diplomatic facilities by local clan militias during the last two years.

Armed attackers attempted to enter the territory of the embassy and some shooting occurred, said Alexander Lukashevich, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"According to the most preliminary information there were no injuries among members of the Russian diplomatic mission," he told Russian state television, according to Reuters.

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Dubai-based Al Arabiya first reported the story, and said its correspondent heard the sound of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades around the embassy.

The Libyan government has had difficulty controlling clan militias throughout the nation since the fall of former President Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. An assault on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi in September 2012 led to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

A similar attack on the Russian embassy took place in February 2012 when protesters stormed the compound following the Russian and Chinese decision to block a U.N. resolution on Syria. There were no injuries in that attack.

In a separate attack Wednesday, gunmen shot and killed naval officer Col. Saleh el-Hudeiry and his 7-year-old son in Benghazi.

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