Published: Sat, February 10, 2018

Bombing at Libyan mosque kills two, wounds 55

Bombing at Libyan mosque kills two, wounds 55

The explosion took place just before Friday prayers at the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque located between Benghazi's al-Majouri and Berka districts, said Motaz Agouri, an official from Benghazi security directorate's media office.

The incident comes weeks after a double vehicle bombing in Benghazi killed at least 35 people.

The bombing was the second of its kind in two weeks, following a blast which claimed the lives of 35 people.

Benghazi is controlled by the Libyan National Army, which is led by powerful eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar and was battling Islamists and other opponents in the port city until late 2017.

Haftar began his military campaign in response to continuous bombings and assassinations by on Islamist militants in Benghazi in May 2014. "Reports of civilian casualties are deeply concerning", UNSMIL said in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the group said.

Following last months bombing in Benghazi, video footage emerged of 10 blindfolded men being executed at the site of the attack.

A Libyan youth inspects the interior of a mosque in Benghazi on 9 February 2018, after it was hit with a twin bomb attack.

Werfalli on Tuesday said he had handed himself in to military police under Haftar's command, but it was not possible to confirm his arrest from an independent source.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

Haftar heads a government based in eastern Libya, while an internationally recognized administration has been set up in the western capital of Tripoli.

The United Nations has been trying to mediate for years, hoping elections can help stabilize Libya.

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