Explosion hits mosque in Libyan city of Benghazi

Randolph Lopez
February 10, 2018

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

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.

He said according to preliminary investigations, the bombing was carried out remotely.

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

Later, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned the attack in a statement.

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

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The initial attack happened eight kilometers, or roughly five miles, east of the de-confliction line on the Euphrates River. Syrian state news agency SANA, citing an army statement said its air defence units "destroyed most of" the Israeli missiles.

"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".

Fears over potential reprisals are heightened by the reported summary execution of around 10 jihadist prisoners by a commander loyal to Haftar following last month's bombings.

Mr al-Werfalli is wanted by the ICC for allegedly carrying out a number of similar killings.

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. The country has been since split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias.

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

On September 11, 2012, suspected jihadists linked to al-Qaeda attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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