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

10 February, 2018, 06:42 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Turkey on Friday condemned the bomb attack at a mosque that claimed at least one life and injured dozens others in Libya's northeastern city of Benghazi.

Two weeks ago, around 35 people were killed by a twin bombing at another mosque in Benghazi.

The devices, placed inside bags, appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, a military source said.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under global humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", the mission added, calling for "prompt, impartial investigations to bring perpetrators to justice".

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moammar Gadhafi. The western government has struggled to assert its authority across the country. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.


Fears over potential reprisals are heightened by the reported summary execution of around 10 jihadist prisoners by a commander loyal to Haftar following last month's bombings.

Ahmed al-Fituri, chief of a special investigation unit attached to the general command of east Libyan security forces, was among the casualties.

Video showed Mahmoud al-Werfalli - who was already wanted by the International Criminal Court over 33 suspected extra-judicial killings - apparently shooting dead the detainees at the scene of the blasts.

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 chaos that developed after a NATO-backed uprising ended Muammar Gaddafi's long rule almost seven years ago.

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