Thursday, 22 February, 2018

One killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi
Lillian Steele | 10 February, 2018, 06:43

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We strongly condemn the attacks targeting worshipers during Friday prayer in Saad Ben Obadah Mosque in Benghazi that claimed many lives and left many wounded".

A dynamite attack has been carried out against a mosque in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, which caused 1 death and 55 injured, according to two local media outlets on Friday.

Speaking about the blast, Benghazi's Security Directorate Spokesperson, Mutaz al-Mu'tri, said two bomb bags had been used in the attack.

It would be recalled that a few weeks ago, at least 33 people were killed in a double auto bombing in Benghazi. The devices appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, one military source said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the mission said on Twitter.

Attack against Benghazi mosque, 1 dead and 55 injured

"This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks". The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

Haftar began his military campaign in response to continuous bombings and assassinations by on Islamist militants in Benghazi in May 2014.

Libya has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli also condemned the bombing, advocating "joint efforts to fight terrorism and those who threaten the safety and security of the country, and bring them to justice".

The United Nations has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections can help stabilize Libya.

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