Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills two, wounds 55, say medics

Katrina Barker
February 10, 2018

Twin bomb explosions at a mosque in the city of Benghazi have killed at least two people and injured 75 others, Libyan officials say.

The blasts occurred during Friday prayers at the small mosque located in the Majouri district, residents said.

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

The incident comes weeks after a double vehicle bombing in Benghazi killed at least 35 people.

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

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

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".

Jihadists and the forces of general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to gain control of the city for over three years before Haftar announced that his troops has retaken it last July. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

Following last months bombing in Benghazi, video footage emerged of 10 blindfolded men being executed at the site of the attack.

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.

Haftar heads a government based in eastern Libya, while an internationally recognized administration has been set up in the western capital of Tripoli.

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