According to reports, spokesperson Colonel Abdullah Al Zaidi said that the consulate building and vehicles in the area were seriously damaged and added saying that no one was inside the consulate at the time of the explosion.
So far no casualties have been reported.
Zaidi alleged that the explosion at the consulate appears to be similar to the bombings of Court Building Branch and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Benghazi in the past two months.
The incident occurred a day after the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed men and was released later in the day. His kidnapping had prompted speculations that is was a reaction to the US raid to capture alleged Al-Qaida suspect Anas Al-Libi in Libya.