South Korean construction site attacked in Libya, 18 injured


SEOUL — Hundreds of armed Libyans attacked a South Korean-run construction site in Tripoli, sparking a clash in which at least 18 foreigners were hurt, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The rioters stormed the site at around 11 p.m. (local time), left and then returned a few hours later. The clash eventually ended at 5 a.m. (local time), a ministry official said.

A total of 15 Bangladeshis were hurt, two of them stabbed and in a serious condition. Three South Koreans were also hurt, but their injuries were not serious, the official said.

There are more than 1,000 Bangladesh workers and 40-50 Korean workers at the site, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported. Violent unrest against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spread to Tripoli on Sunday and his son vowed to fight until the “last man standing” after scores of protesters were killed in the east of the country.

The Libyan uprising is one of a series of revolts that have raced like wildfire across the Arab world since December, toppling the long-time rulers of Tunisia and Egypt and threatening entrenched dynasties from Bahrain to Yemen.