Twin bomb blasts strike mosque in Libya's Benghazi; one dead, 129 wounded

Twin bomb blasts strike mosque in Libya's Benghazi; one dead, 129 wounded

Twin bomb blasts strike mosque in Libya's Benghazi; one dead, 129 wounded

The blasts took place during Friday prayers, residents said.

Friday condemned the bombing of a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, which killed two people and injured 143 others, children included. He also said that the two bombs were planted in separate rooms at the site of the mosque.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) was quick to condemn the attack, calling reports of civilian casualties "deeply disturbing".

"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". "Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice".

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Jihadists and the forces of general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to gain control of the city for over three years before Haftar announced that his troops has retaken it last July.

The blasts follow twin vehicle bombings outside a mosque in Benghazi after prayers on January 24 that left almost 40 people dead.

Several bombings during the latter stages of the conflict targeted figures linked to Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA).

The explosions hit the mosque at the start of weekly prayers in Libya's second city, which lies 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Tripoli, a security source told AFP.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Moamar Gaddafi. The country has been since split between rival governments and militias.

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