Explosion hits mosque in Libyan city of Benghazi

Libya Benghazi mosque bombing kills two wounds 55- medics

Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 149 in the latest attack to target worshippers in the city.

The casualties were caused by two suspected improvised explosive devices which went off at the Saad Ben Obadah mosque 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.

Medics told Reuters news agency that at least two people were killed and 55 were wounded.

However, there have been conflicting reports on casualties as a result of the twin explosion.

"Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under global humanitarian law and constitute war crimes", UNSMIL said in a post on Twitter.

The Central Security Chamber of Benghazi, which is formed of army and police forces, confirmed that the bombing killed a second person.




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

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

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 battles have left large swaths of the port city in ruins.

The LNA claimed victory in Benghazi in July of past year, but sporadic clashes dragged on until December when it took control of its rivals' final holdout. Security in many parts of Libya is poor.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed ruler Muammar Gadhafi. The country has been since split between rival governments in the east and the west, each backed by an array of militias.

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