Blast damages Egypt's consulate in Benghazi, Libya: Witnesses

BENGHAZI (Reuters) - A small explosion rocked the Egyptian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday, blowing out its windows and those of adjacent buildings, witnesses said.

A policeman at the scene said an Egyptian security guard was injured in the explosion, apparently caused by a small bomb hidden in a briefcase. At least five cars were damaged, a Reuters witness said.

Police closed off the area and were collecting evidence.

Egyptian security forces are conducting a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters following last month’s ousting ofIslamist President Mohamed Mursi.

United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi last year after Islamist gunmen attacked the US consulate during a protest by a mob angry over a film they said had insulted the Prophet Mohammad.