SHAFAQNA -Â A car bomb exploded in the Libyan capital on Monday afternoon. Its target was the office of an Italian gas firm, ENI, that announced the discovery of a massiveÂ new gas field off the coast of Egypt a day earlier.
The explosion hit Â in a central district of Tripoli, a city currently controlled by one of Libyaâ€™s rival parliaments, the General National Congress (GNC).
The explosion took place close to the embassies of Algeria and Saudi Arabia in the upscale neighbourhood of al-Zahra according to a report in Middle East Eye.
The attack reportedly targeted the headquarters of ENI, a day after the Italian energy giant announcedÂ the discovery of a â€œsuper-giantâ€ natural gas field off the Egyptian coast.
ENI, which has worked in Egypt since 1954, said on Sunday that the site was â€œthe largest gas discovery ever made … in the Mediterranean Seaâ€.
The field, equivalent to 45 percent of Egyptâ€™s total gas reserves, could be hugely significant for the countryâ€™s economic recovery.
ENI has promised that the site will be fully operational within three years.
â€œThis brings potential relief to the countryâ€™s energy situation in terms of both availability and price,â€ Mohamed Abu Basha, Egypt economist at EFG Hermes, told the Financial Times.
â€œIt is also potentially a source of foreign exchange.â€