Attack against Benghazi mosque, 1 dead and 55 injured

Attack against Benghazi mosque, 1 dead and 55 injured

One person was killed and 37 wounded by a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.

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

He said according to preliminary investigations, the bombing was carried out remotely.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as at the time of filing this report.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under worldwide humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", the mission added, calling for "prompt, impartial investigations to bring perpetrators to justice". The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.




Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moamar Gaddafi.

Haftar launched his military campaign in Benghazi in May 2014 in response to a series of bombings and assassinations blamed on extremists.

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya's second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP.

Fears over potential reprisals are heightened by the reported summary execution of around 10 jihadist prisoners by a commander loyal to Haftar following last month's bombings. He does not support the government in the western capital Tripoli, back by the United Nations.

But staging a vote is a major challenge in a country still split among military and political factions, and where rival governments have claimed authority since the result of a 2014 vote was disputed.

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