Benghazi, 30 March 2013:
The lower court building in Derna was bombed late last night, Saturday. It is reported that an explosive . . .[restrict]device left outside the building caused extensive damage to the front of the building. Doors and windows were smashed. Fortunately there were no injuries in the blast. No one was in the building at the time.
The perpetrators are unknown.
At the end of December, courts in the Jebel Akhdar region suspended their work, claiming security concerns. The head of the Court of Appeals in the region, Abdul Aziz Mustafa Al-Trabelsi, singled out Derna saying that threats had been made against members of the judiciary there.
The threats were seen as a reflection of the growing strength of the police and armed forces in the town which had previously earned itself the reputation of being something of a bastion of militant Islamists.
Last month there was a small bomb at a Derna hotel.