Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills one, wounds 37 - residents

Bombing at mosque in Libya's Benghazi kills one, wounds 37 - residents

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

A military source told Reuters that the devices appear to have been detonated remotely using a mobile phone.

The blast follows twin auto bombings on January 24 outside a mosque in Benghazi that left almost 40 people dead. No group has claimed responsibility, but the blasts have been blamed on Islamist militants.

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Later, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned the attack in a statement.

NAN reports that on January 23, a twin vehicle bombing in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi killed 35, with about 60 people wounded.

It is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by commander Khalifa Haftar.

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The LNA was battling extremists, including some linked to ISIS and al Qaeda, as well as other opponents until late a year ago in the Mediterranean port city.

The toll was one of the highest from a single attack since Libya slid into turmoil after the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The LNA has reportedly been targeted in several small scale attacks in recent months.

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Haftar, who opposes a UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli, announced Benghazi's "liberation" from jihadists in July last year after a three-year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued. The western government has struggled to assert its authority across the country.

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