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One killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi

One killed, 37 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Libya's Benghazi

The blasts took place during Friday prayers, residents said.

At least two people have been killed and scores wounded in a bombing at a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, according to medical sources. Twin vehicle bomb attacks hit a mosque in Benghazi's Salmani district two weeks ago, killing 34 people and injuring more than 100 others. Local media news reports put the number of those injured at 129.

There was no claim of responsibility for that attack, which underscored the ongoing chaos in the Benghazi region which is controlled by the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

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

"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".




Medics announced that 75 people were wounded in the attack, which took place two weeks after 35 people were killed in another twin bombing at a mosque in the city.

Chief of a Special Investigation Unit, Ahmed al-Fituri, attached to the General Command of East Libyan security forces, was among the casualties.

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 UN are hoping elections could help stabilize the north African country in a effort bring the East and West together but the challenge is that the country has too many military and political factions and especially after the 2014 election which saw the rival government claim authority.