One killed, 37 injured in bombing at Libya mosque

Ruben Ruiz
February 10, 2018

Twin bombs exploded at a mosque in a busy area in the city of Benghazi on Friday, killing at least two people and wounding 75 others, a Libyan official said, in the second attack targeting the city's houses of worship in less than a month.

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

One person was killed and 62 wounded, according to a spokeswoman for the city's Al-Jala hospital, Fadia al-Barghathi.

"The explosion was carried out by explosives bags placed inside the mosque", Zwai added, noting that "the bombing was carried out remotely, according to preliminary investigations".

A hospital nearby said in a Facebook post that it had received more than 45 injured people, some of whom are in critical condition.

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Twin auto 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.

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.

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

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Libya has remained dogged by violence and chaos since 2011, when a bloody uprising led to the ouster and death of longtime President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

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