Cautionary note: These are very preliminary reports breaking on the wires and Twitter overnight. Twitchy will continue to monitor and update as news develops.

A powerful blast caused serious damage to a foreign ministry building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Wednesday, witnesses said.

The explosion comes on the first anniversary of an attack by militants on the United States consulate in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador.

It was not immediately known if the blast, which the witnesses said appeared to have been caused by a car bomb, had resulted in casualties.

An AFP photographer said a large section of the foreign ministry building had been destroyed and parts of the nearby local headquarters of the central bank seriously damaged.

These are purportedly photos of the blasted building taken by journalists and residents in Benghazi.


Security officials have confirmed that a car bomb was responsible for the explosion at the Foreign Ministry building. Minor injuries were reported.