Turkey condemns bombing in northeast Libya

Marsha Scott
February 10, 2018

One person was killed and 37 wounded by a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.

"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.

The security source said one bomb had been hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

However, there have been conflicting reports on casualties as a result of the twin explosion.

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Benghazi, a troubled city with occasional bombings and attacks, has seen often seen fighting between forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by military strongman Khalifa Hifter, and Islamist militia opponents.

The incident comes weeks after a double auto bombing in Benghazi killed at least 35 people. The LNA has been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

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, who opposes a UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli, announced Benghazi's "liberation" from militants in July last year after a three-year campaign, but sporadic violence has continued.

The United Nations has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections can help stabilize Libya. Security in many parts of Libya is poor. The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

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