Russia: Revenge the motive for Libya embassy attack01:04

Russia: Revenge the motive for Libya embassy attack

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 3, 2013 at 14:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Revenge the motive for Libya embassy attack

Alexander Lukashevich, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, revealed the motive behind the attack on the Russian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday. Lukashevich told reporters that the attackers were responding to a murder committed by a Russian citizen in Libya when they attacked the embassy with small calibre weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

"Yesterday, October 2, a group of armed militants attacked the Russian embassy in Tripoli," said Mr. Lukashevich. "As far as we know, the attack on the embassy came after a Russian citizen, Yekaterina Ustyuzhaninova, killed a Libyan military officer and stabbed his mother. Ms. Ustyuzhaninova has been arrested, and investigation is under way. The Libyan authorities will keep us informed regarding this incident and investigation."

"Relatives and friends of the killed Libyan man decided to "avenge" his death by attacking the Russian embassy. Armed attackers were able to break into the embassy compound. Embassy staff and their families took refuge within safe rooms."

The speech also revealed that the embassy staff and their families were immediately evacuated to Tunisia, where a charter plane will return them to Moscow.

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Russia: Revenge the motive for Libya embassy attack

Alexander Lukashevich, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, revealed the motive behind the attack on the Russian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday. Lukashevich told reporters that the attackers were responding to a murder committed by a Russian citizen in Libya when they attacked the embassy with small calibre weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

"Yesterday, October 2, a group of armed militants attacked the Russian embassy in Tripoli," said Mr. Lukashevich. "As far as we know, the attack on the embassy came after a Russian citizen, Yekaterina Ustyuzhaninova, killed a Libyan military officer and stabbed his mother. Ms. Ustyuzhaninova has been arrested, and investigation is under way. The Libyan authorities will keep us informed regarding this incident and investigation."

"Relatives and friends of the killed Libyan man decided to "avenge" his death by attacking the Russian embassy. Armed attackers were able to break into the embassy compound. Embassy staff and their families took refuge within safe rooms."

The speech also revealed that the embassy staff and their families were immediately evacuated to Tunisia, where a charter plane will return them to Moscow.