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

Aaron Brown
February 10, 2018

The Central Security Chamber of Benghazi, which is formed of army and police forces, confirmed that the bombing killed a second person.

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.

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".

In January, two auto bombs exploded near Benghazi's largest mosque at intervals of 30 minutes, at a time when people were leaving after prayer.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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The devices, placed in bags at the mosque doors, appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, a military source said.

"This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks. Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice".

On Sept. 11, 2012, suspected militants linked to Al-Qaeda attacked the USA consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Haftar, a possible contender in national elections that could be held by the end of 2018, has built his reputation on delivering stability in Benghazi and beyond, promising to halt the anarchy that ensued after a NATO-backed uprising ended Moammar Gadhafi's rule almost seven years ago. He does not support the government in the western capital Tripoli, back by the United Nations. The country has been since split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias.

It has since imposed strict military control on the city and other parts of eastern Libya under its control.

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