Twin Bombings Kill Two, Injure Dozens

Danny Woods
February 10, 2018

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.

Twin vehicle bomb attacks hit a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani district two week ago as the worshipers exited the mosque after the night prayer, killing 34 people and injuring more than 100 others, mostly civilians.

"An explosion hit inside the Sa'ad Bin-Abada mosque in Majuri district of Benghazi during Friday prayers", said Col. Milud Zwai, spokesman for the eastern-based army's special forces. He also said that the two bombs were planted in separate rooms at the site of the mosque.

One person was killed and 62 wounded, according to a spokeswoman for the city's Al-Jala hospital, Fadia al-Barghathi. The devices, placed in bags at the mosque doors, appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, a military source said.

The United Nations mission in Libya condemned the latest "brutal bombings" and said the reports of civilian casualties were "deeply concerning".

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The LNA, led by Commander Khalifa Haftar, a likely aspirant in the upcoming Libyan elections is attempting to restore stability in the region and has made a pledge to stop the anarchy that ensued after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, seven years ago.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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

In the past few months there have been occasional, smaller scale bombings apparently targeting LNA allies or supporters.

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