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One dead, 62 wounded in mosque attack in Libya’s Benghazi

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya’s second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres east of Tripoli

AFP
18:18 February 9, 2018

BENGHAZI: Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya on Friday, killing one person and wounding more than 62, the city’s main hospital said.

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya’s second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP.

One bomb was hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance, the source added.

At least one person was killed and 62 wounded, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s Al Jala hospital, Fadia Al Barghathi.

The blast follows twin car bombings on January 24 outside a mosque in Benghazi that left nearly 40 people dead.

There was no claim of responsibility for that attack.

Libya has been wracked by violence and divisions since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 Nato-backed uprising.

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