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Twin Car Bombs Leave Scores of Casualties in Benghazi

Twin Car Bombs Leave Scores of Casualties in Benghazi

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 - 06:00
Smoke billows during clashes on July 23, 2014, in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma)

The death toll following a double car bomb attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night has risen to at least 33, officials said.

Ahmad al-Fitouri, a security services official for commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar's forces, was among those killed in the bombing, military spokesman Miloud al-Zwei said.

A senior intelligence official, Mahdi al-Fellah, was among around 50 wounded, the officials said.

An explosives-rigged vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central neighborhood of Al-Sleimani, a security source said.

A second car exploded 30 minutes later in the same area, causing more casualties among security services and civilians.

Libya has been rocked by chaos since a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi, with two rival authorities and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.

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