At least two Egyptians have lost their lives and two others wounded in a bomb attack on an Egyptian Orthodox Church near the Western Libyan city of Misrata, officials say.
“Two Egyptians were killed and two were wounded,” said an unnamed diplomat at the Egyptian Embassy in Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Sunday.
Those wounded were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, he added.
The attack took place on Saturday in Dafniya, a Mediterranean village situated some 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) west of Misrata, after two unknown assailants threw a homemade explosive at the church.
Following the attack, Egyptian ministry’s spokesman Amr Rushdi issued a statement saying that “The Egyptian Embassy in Tripoli is holding contacts with the Libyan interior and foreign ministries to take urgent measures to secure buildings belonging to the Egyptian Church in Libya.”
Reports say that Libyan officials have launched an investigation into the deadly incident.