TRIPOLI - A pre-dawn attack on the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the western Libyan city of Misrata has wounded one person, the organisation's spokeswoman said yesterday.
"We do not know if the office was hit by a shoulder mounted rocket or a bomb placed next to the building," Sumaya Beltaifa told AFP.
She said the blast wounded a Libyan citizen who lives next to the offices and caused serious material damage to the ICRC building, but no one was wounded from a crew of 30 ICRC workers.
Beltaifa stressed that ICRC activities are "strictly humanitarian" and "have no relation with religion or politics."
It was the second such attack on the organisation in less than a month.
On May 22, a rocket-propelled grenade struck ICRC offices in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi last year.
The Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman claimed responsibility for that attack in an online statement.
The US-based SITE monitoring services, which monitors jihadi websites, said the same group is linked to last week's bombing of the US mission in Benghazi, in which one person was wounded.
SITE said the group was avenging the death of al-Qaeda number two Abu Yahya al-Libi in a drone strike in Pakistan.
Libi was a Libyan national and is said to have sympathisers in his homeland.