Libya mosque attack kills one, injures 62

Marie Harrington
February 10, 2018

At least one person has been feared killed while more than 50 others have been injured in a bomb blast at a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.

At least 62 people were wounded in the attacks on the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque near the Majouri district of Libya's second city during Friday prayers.

In January, two vehicle bombs exploded near Benghazi's largest mosque at intervals of 30 minutes, at a time when people were leaving after prayer.

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

"This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks".

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Benghazi is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), the dominant force in eastern Libya led by commander Khalifa Haftar. "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice", the group said.

Libya has been plagued by unrest and political division since the uprising that toppled its former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. The LNA was battling Islamists, including some linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, as well as other opponents, until late previous year in the Mediterranean port city.

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

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 North African nation has had competing governments aligned with rival military factions based in Tripoli and the east since 2014.

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