Libya car bomb targets Italy's ENI office in Tripoli

Car bomb targets Italian energy firm's headquarters in Tripoli, Libya

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Car bomb damages first floor of ENI building in Tripoli, Libya

A car bomb exploded in front of the headquarters of Italy’s ENI, a joint venture with Libyan state oil firm NOC, in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday.

According to the Reuters news agency, the first floor of the building in Mellitah was damaged by the blast. No casualties were reported.

"Nobody wounded and no significant damage to the office buildings," an ENI spokesman said.

ENI, which withdrew its expatriate staff in Libya after it was gripped by a political crisis following the downfall of the its autocratic strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, is still active in oil and gas exploration in the country.

Libya is currently contested by two parliamentary bodies, the General National Council (GNC) and the rival House of Representatives (HoR).

The GNC founded with the assistance of the UN and NATO after Gaddafi was killed amid protests against his rule during the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

The HoR, on the other hand, was formed after a largely boycotted election with a turnout of less than 20 percent.

The HoR later relocated to Tobruk under the pretense of “security threats” after a failed armed attempt by its renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s militiamen to shut down the still standing GNC.

The conflict in Libya descended into widespread clashes when Haftar launched “Operation Dignity” in an armed bid to capture the cities of Benghazi, Misrata and Tripoli from the GNC last year.

While HoR enjoys greater international influence than the GNC, the GNC still retains control over most of Libya’s internal affairs.

TRTWorld and agencies