Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Twin bombing in Benghazi kills two

Twin bombing in Benghazi kills two

Two weeks ago, around 35 people were killed by a twin bombing at a mosque in the same city.

On January 23, two auto bombs exploded outside a mosque, killing at least 34 people, including children, and injuring 90 others.

"The hospital received one body and 87 injured people with varying degrees of severity", said Fadia Al-Barghathi, the information officer of Al-Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi. A previous hospital bulletin spoke of 62 wounded.

The Central Security Chamber of Benghazi, which is formed of army and police forces, confirmed that the bombing killed a second person.

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 extremists.

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However, there have been conflicting reports on casualties as a result of the twin explosion. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the mission said on Twitter.

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.

The devices, placed in bags at the mosque doors, appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, a military source said.

The UN is now trying to negotiate an end to the current political turmoil by agreeing parliamentary and presidential elections later this year, but there is deep skepticism over whether they will take place.

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 been battling Islamists, including some linked to Daesh and al-Qaeda.

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