Blast at police station in Libya's Benghazi wounds five

An explosive device detonated outside a police station in Libya's Benghazi on Friday, wounding five people, a security official told AFP, in the latest attack to hit the eastern city.

In recent months, Benghazi has been hit by a wave of bombings and assassinations targeting judges, the military and police officers.

"An explosive device placed behind the Ras Ubeid police station in the Sidi Hassan neighbourhood in Benghazi went off, wounding five people lightly, one policeman and four people living nearby," Colonel Mohamed al-Hijazi, spokesman for the security forces in Benghazi, told AFP.

He added that the blast had caused "material damage to the building and neighbouring houses".

Benghazi in eastern Libya was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted long-standing dictator Moamer Kadhafi, but in recent months deadly attacks on judges and police and army officers, some with links to Kadhafi's regime, have swept the city.

Attacks generally blamed on radical Islamists have also been carried out against Western interests, including a June 5 attempt to kill Jean Dufriche, France's honorary consul in Benghazi