Libya's police say they are launching special force to provide security for foreign diplomats

Libya's Interior Ministry says it's creating a special security force to protect embassies and consulates.

Interior Ministry spokesman Magdi el-Urfi told The Associated Press on Monday that a brigadier general will lead the new force. It will be made up of former rebels who have been integrated into the nation's police force.

The North African nation's security sharply deteriorated after the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and a new police force was formed.

The move to create a security force for foreign dignitaries comes after a wave of attacks against diplomats, including the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in the eastern city of Benghazi last September.

On Saturday, militants opened fire on the car of the Italian consul in Benghazi. He escaped unhurt.