Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Twin bombing at Benghazi mosque kills two, wounds 75 in Libya

Twin bombing at Benghazi mosque kills two, wounds 75 in Libya

Two people were killed and 75 wounded in a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.

Mutaz al-Mu'tri, Benghazi's security directorate spokesperson, said two bomb bags had been used in the attack, according to Libya's 218 tv news channel.

In January, a twin bombing at a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani neighbourhood killed at least 35. Al Wasat, after referring to "dead and wounded" according to the television's sources, subsequently reported "dozens of wounded" being treated at a hospital. No group has claimed responsibility, but the blasts have been blamed on Islamist militants.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the bombing as a heinous crime. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice".

Libya has been plagued by unrest and political division since the uprising that toppled its former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.

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Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a renegade general based in the east of the country, took control of Benghazi in 2017, after a three-year campaign against rival armed groups.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) was quick to condemn the attack, calling reports of civilian casualties "deeply disturbing". Security in many parts of Libya is poor.

The summary executions are believed to be carried out by Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a special forces commander for the LNA. The country has been since split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias.

The UN is now trying to negotiate an end to the current political turmoil by agreeing parliamentary and presidential elections later this year, but there is deep scepticism over whether they will take place.

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